Arkhangai Hospital Water Filter Project – Mongolia

Tsetserleg, Arkhangai, Mongolia

Community Description
Arkhangai Aimag is a 55,300 square-kilometer province located in the center of Mongolia, with a population numbering 89,311. The province (aimag), divided into 19 soums and 99 baghs, is well-recognized for its mixture of mountainous regions, fertile pastures, wooded hills, abundant natural waterways, and a relatively cool Mongolian climate in comparison to other provinces.

Unfortunately, despite the natural beauty of the province, 78% of the total population that lives in soums and baghs, whose annual income primarily comes from raising and selling the meat and woolen textiles from livestock, still lack healthy resources. For this portion of the population, healthy food and sanitary water systems are virtually nonexistent.

 The Central Hospital of the Arkhangai Aimag is located in Tsetserleg. Over 100 outpatients pass through the hospital each day. The hospital has an inpatient capacity of 85 and on average houses roughly 35 inpatients daily.

Project Description
This project is to purchase 2 quality water filters, and install them in critical and highly-frequented locations at the hospital.

The project will be implemented under the direction of the Arkhangai Health Department.

The first filter will be located in the recovery ward of the hospital. This will allow patients who are recovering from severe illnesses, surgery, or other issues, the best quality of water available.

The second filter will be located in the first-floor waiting room, where a large number of patients pass through and spend time.

The ceramic filters contain elements that remove up to 99.99% of particles, cysts, parasites and pathogenic bacteria including e coli, cryptosporidium, giardia, and salmonella typhii. The silver-impregnated system also reduces chlorine, rust, sediment and organic chemicals.

Each filter will be able to process up to 24 gallons of water per day.

Each filter will purify a minimum of 6,000 gallons, depending on the source water. The carbon matrix interior provides additional support in removing chemicals like chlorine and other bad taste and odor elements.

The candles inside the filters need to be cleaned every 2 months and replaced every 2 years, at a nominal cost.

Two trainings will take place to educate the hospital staff. The first will be to educate maintenance workers and nurses on the proper upkeep of the filters and the process for ordering new candles.

The second training will educate the doctors and nurses about the importance of clean/safe water.

Project Impact
36,500 people who pass through the hospital each year will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Tim Jenkins

Giving the inpatients and outpatients clean water to drink will drastically improve their health and quality of care. The trainings will give the project a sustainable outcome.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Tim Jenkins of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Tim and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.