A safe water treatment solution for District Hospitals

Access to clean drinking water and water for hygiene is fundamental in responding to the water goals of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and to basic human needs.

In health care facilities in low- and middle-income countries, water-borne diseases and hygiene conditions are particularly problematic; 38% of health care facilities do not have any water source, 19% of health care facilities lack improved sanitation, 35% of health care facilities do not have water and soap for hand washing (WHO/Unicef 2015).

This is especially critical when considering the fact that patients are already ill, fragile and vulnerable. Especially in District Hospitals, patients are admitted for longer periods, exposing them to increased risk from deficient water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and -services.

The goal is to develop and test a water treatment system and a deployment model that incorporates the concept of sustainable maintenance, tailored to the user needs of District Hospitals, allowing for safe and reliable 24/7 water supply and good hygiene practices. Through improved access to safe water, the project’s impact will be a reduction in water- borne diseases, in hospital-acquired infections, and a better quality of care.