Banteay Meanchey Province Health Center Water Project – Cambodia
This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.
Banteay Meanchey is a province of Cambodia located in the far northwest. It borders the provinces of Oddar Meanchey and Siem Reap to the east, Battambang to the south, and shares an international border with Thailand to the west.. Banteay Meanchey is the 13th largest province in Cambodia. With a population of 678,033, agriculture, particularly rice paddy, plays very important role in the province’s economy.
The rainy season lasts from May-October. However, from late October-April there is little or no rain.
The health center has identified two problems to be solved: First, the current water system of the health center is poorly designed, and the building has no running water as a result. Secondly, there is a high incidence of hygiene-related health issues within the commune.
In 2016, 37.30% of the 7,294 patients that came into the health center were suffering from illnesses whose transmissions can largely be prevented by improving hand-washing techniques (colds & diarrhea). The goal is to reduce the overall number of patients coming into the health center with diseases related to poor hygiene practices by turning the health center itself into a model of hygiene and teaching hand-washing techniques around the commune.
When the health center was constructed, its architects constructed a 6,000L concrete water basin outside the health center to collect rainwater and feed it into the building. However, because the basin is at ground level, there is inadequate pressure. Consequently, there is no water flow into the building.
The health center has four sinks already, one in the OPD room, one in the pediatric room, one in the ANC room, and one in the delivery ward. However, because the cistern is too low to the ground, none of these sinks receives water (midwives even need to carry buckets of water from the latrines to the delivery room), even though all of these sinks have existing piping. Because water is not readily available, even the health center staff do not wash their hands. The closest water source is in the latrines.
This project is to install a well and water tank on the health center premises.
Sinks (equipped with soap and hand-washing infographics) will be installed in the patient waiting area, outside the latrines, and cooking area outside the delivery ward.
Lastly, VHSGs will be trained to conduct health outreach and teach villagers about the importance handwashing in preventing disease transmission as well as proper handwashing techniques.
The new well will be drilled to about 50 meters and located near the main building.
The health center will purchase a 2,000L water tank to be used as the new water storage unit feeding into the existing piping.
The health center will install sinks with soap in three locations of high patient density where handwashing is important: (1) patient waiting area, where patients spend the longest amount of time at the health center, (2) outside the latrines, which can be a breeding ground for germs, and (3) the cooking area outside the delivery ward, where families can spend an entire day waiting for their loved one to birth a child.
11,000 people served by the health center will benefit from the project
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Monitoring and Maintenance
The operation district provides the Health Center with a monthly budget which allows for maintenance on the well and water tank, and allows for the replacement of supplies such as soap.
The VHSGs, once educated in hand washing knowledge and trained in facilitating this knowledge to others, will continue to educate families in their villages.
Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.
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