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Jappineh Health Center Latrine Project – The Gambia

Jappineh Health Center Latrine Project – The Gambia
Location
Jappineh, Jarra Central, Lower River Region, The Gambia

Community Description
Jappineh is a rural village in the Lower River Region of The Gambia. It is a medium- sized village with about 500 compounds and is primarily populated by people of the Mandinka tribe, although there are a few Fula and Wolof compounds as well.

The community relies on solar powered taps and manual hand pumps for their water. There is no infrastructure for access to electricity within the village. The primary source of income for the community is the farming of groundnuts, coos and maize.

The community is home to the Jappineh Health Center, a medium-sized health center that serves both the residents of Jappineh and surrounding villages. This health center was established in 2009, and on a typical day sees twenty to thirty patients.

Jappineh Health Center Latrine Project – The GambiaThe health center is equipped with its own solar powered water taps and was outfitted with two western-style toilet facilities. Unfortunately the toilet facilities are not appropriate for this environment and are therefore in a constant state of disrepair. This is a very unsanitary situation and poses a significant health risk.

At this time, both staff and patients are making use of the only other option available, a pit latrine that was dug on the site twelve years ago. The latrine has reached its capacity and should no longer be used.

Project Description
This project is to dig two new sets of pit latrines at the health center, one for staff and visitors as well as one for patients.

The patient latrines will be dug on the health center property and will be situated in an area that is easily accessible. Staff/visitor latrines will be in a separate area to discourage them being used by patients, maintaining a more sanitary environment.

Jappineh Health Center Latrine Project – The GambiaAll work will be provided by local community members. A committee has been created and several planning meeting have been held to establish an estimate for the materials needed and the work to be done. Commitments have been made by the members to complete the work according to an established timeline.

The latrines will be hand dug by community members, and the community will pay for the specialized masonry work.

Water Charity funds will only be used to purchase materials, including cement, sand, and gravel to build the privacy enclosure, corrugated metal for the roofs and doors of the latrines, iron rods for support, and nails for construction

Project Impact
This project will directly benefit 500 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Tanya Hahni

Comments
This is a critical sanitation and public health project, as there are not now adequate facilities for the needs of patients and staff. It has been well planned, and has a tremendous amount of community support.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

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Dollar Amount Needed
$555.00

 

 

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

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Rushashi Health Center Water Project - Rwanda

Rushashi Health Center Water Project - RwandaLocation
Muyongwe cell, in Rushashi sector, Gakenke District, Northern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
The Rushashi Health Center is located in the Northern Province of Rwanda (Gakenke District). The catchment population of the health center is 19,046 people.

The local population consists mostly of farmers (potatoes, sugar cane, pineapples, passion fruit, manioc and corn) and cow farmers. The primary health problems of the community are parasites, upper respiratory infections and diarrhea.

This rural health center has been open since 1946. It is a relatively large health center with six buildings, including HIV and maternity services as well as routine consultation services. The health center has 20 employees.

Rushashi Health Center Water Project - RwandaCurrently in the consultation rooms there are no sinks. The nurses wash their hands using a small metal container, which must be constantly refilled with water. This leads to problems washing hands after each patient.

Patients stay overnight in the hospitalization rooms, sometimes for extended periods of time and they have all of their meals in the room. Oftentimes these patients already have weak immune system and are at risk for contracting diseases from other patients and from the medical staff.

The family planning, hospitalization, consultation rooms, injection room, and pharmacy services do not currently have running water. One of the services has a sink but it is not connected to a water source.

Project Description
This project is to install sinks and running water into the following services of the health center: family planning, hospitalization, 3 consultation rooms, injection room, and the pharmacy.

The health center will pay over 35% of the total cost in order to complete the project. This contribution demonstrates the motivation of the health center.

The maintenance staff has already been trained in how to fix and clean the new sinks that they will install as a result of a previous Appropriate Projects project.

Project Impact
The entire catchment population of the health center of 19,046 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kitty Hall

Rushashi Health Center Water Project - RwandaComments
This project will result in an improvement in the hygiene and sanitary conditions of the health center. It will allow the nursing staff to wash their hands and materials before and after consultation with patients and will reduce the rate of transmission of hygiene-related diseases within the health center.

Kitty previously completed the Coko Health Center Water Project – Rwanda, Gakenke District Health Centers Plumbing Training - Rwanda, Rusoro Health Center Water Project - Rwanda and Rutenderi Health Center Water Project - Rwanda.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has 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 the Peace Corps Volunteer of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV 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.

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Rusoro Health Center Water Project - Rwanda

Rusoro Health Center Water Project - RwandaLocation
Kabatezi cell, Muzo Sector, Gakenke District, Northern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
Rusoro Health Center is a small health center in the rural Northern Province of Rwanda in the District of Gakenke. Thirty-five villages use the health center as their primary source of health care, making a catchment population of 21,919 people. Of the 19 employees of the health center there are 8 nurses and no doctors.

The health center is a 1 1/2 hour drive from the main road that leads to the Rwandan capital. However, cars and even public busses are rare on these roads as the local population is very poor.

The countryside surrounding Rusoro is very hilly and the local population consists primarily of poor farmers who produce small amounts of passion fruit, pineapples, sugar cane, bananas, potatoes and beans.

Rwanda has the highest population density in Africa and in Rusoro many people live together in a small geographic area, increasing the rate of transmission of contagious diseases. The major causes for consultation in the health center are diseases caused by a lack of hygiene, including intestinal parasites, diarrhea and upper respiratory infections.

There are currently no sinks in many parts of the health center. It is of particular interest that there are no handwashing facilities for patients, even for those using the public toilets.

Rusoro Health Center Water Project - RwandaCurrently to wash hands and materials the staff and patients must fill large buckets and jerry-cans with water. This process is time-consuming and the result is that patients and staff are likely to neglect to wash their hands, or to wash with contaminated water.

Improper hygiene is a huge cause of the spread of disease within the health center for patients and the nursing staff.

Project Description
This project will install 8 sinks in the health center. These sinks will be installed in the consultation room, the pediatric ward, the isolation ward (which is mostly used for TB patients), family planning and prenatal consultation room, women’s hospitalization ward, outside the toilets, and in the injection and bandaging room.

The materials and fixtures will be procured locally, and the work will be done by trained craftsmen.

The health center has contributed greatly to the development of this project, and will contribute almost half the cost.

Rusoro Health Center Water Project - RwandaProject Impact
The catchment population of 21,919, together with the 19 employees who work at the health center will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kitty Hall

Comments
These sinks will increase the level of hygiene in the health center by making it easier to wash hands and materials. This will reduce the spread of contagious diseases and infection for staff, patients, and their families.

This is Kitty’s third project with Appropriate Projects. She previously completed the Coko Health Center Water Project – Rwanda and the Gakenke District Health Centers Plumbing Training - Rwanda.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Kitty of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV and/or other projects in the country of service.

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

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Rubona Health Center Water Project – Part 3 - Dormitory Wards - Rwanda

Rubona Health Center Water Project – Rwanda - Part 3 - Dormitory WardsLocation
Rubona, Rwamagana District, Eastern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
Rubona is a rural community in Rwamagana District in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, with a health center that serves a population of 24,620 people.

Rubona Health Center services are comprehensive and include general consultation, maternity, voluntary counseling and testing for HIV, vaccinations, and laboratory testing. The population of Rubona encounters high rates of traumatic injuries, malaria, and respiratory illnesses including pneumonia.

Residents walk as many as 25 kilometers to reach the health center for treatment. The clinic treats an average of 2,087 new cases of illness each month.

As a result of previous Appropriate Projects funding, Rubona Health Center enjoys running water in maternity, laboratory, consultation, wound care, and maternity dormitory services.

The completed projects are:
Rubona Health Center Water Project - Rwanda

Rubona Health Center Water Project – Part 2 – Rwanda

Rubona Health Center Water Project – Rwanda - Part 3 - Dormitory WardsIn addition to the introduction of water, on October 15, Global Handwashing Day, the community participated in hand washing demonstrations and received information on curbing the spread of illnesses. These demonstrations have increased the knowledge base of the Rubona community about adequate hygiene. While many face water supply problems in their houses, the health center's running water provides a forum for keeping this practice current.

The male and female dormitory wards of the health center remain without running water. Because these beds are used frequently, with high turnover, it is imperative to have easy access to water both in order for staff to maintain sanitary conditions and for patients to aid in preventing health center-borne transmission of illnesses.

Project Description
This project is to extend the water supply to, and to install sinks in, the male and female dormitory wards of the health center.

Project funds will be used to purchase the siinks, pipe, and fittings.

The work will be done by trained local craftsmen.

Project Impact
24,620 people will benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Emmett V. Reeb III

Rubona Health Center Water Project – Rwanda - Part 3 - Dormitory WardsComments
This project completes the process of providing running water in all of the services of the health center. It is a good demonstration of the Appropriate Projects model, in which small projects are completed successively in order to fulfill a larger plan.

The effect of this series of projects is massive, in terms of meeting the health needs of a large population.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Emmett of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV and/or other projects in the country of service.

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

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Bisate Health Center Water Project Phase 2 - Rwanda

Bisate Health Center Water Project Phase 2 - RwandaLocation
Kinigi Sector, Musanze District, Northern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
Bisate Health Center is located in Rwanda’s Northern Province, nestled near Volcanoes National Park, which is home to Rwanda’s largest tourist attraction: the mountain gorilla.

Despite a growing tourist industry nearby, the Bisate community continues to survive primarily on small-scale and subsistence farming, and suffers from a lack of consistent access to electricity and potable water.

Bisate Health Center serves a catchment population of almost 20,000 people and provides a wide variety of services, including general consultation and hospitalization, maternal health and delivery, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for HIV, distribution of ARVs and other essential drugs, vaccination, family planning, and a nutrition program.

The region where Bisate Health Center is located receives consistent and abundant rainfall, and the health center has installed rainwater collection tanks on site. However, the health center continues to lack sufficient resources to install running water into all key services that require it.

A project was previously carried out at the health center, Bisate Health Center Water Project – Rwanda, under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica McGhie. As a result of that project, the center was able to install running water in its maternity ward, and the health center is now benefiting from more hygienic and efficient deliveries.

Bisate Health Center Water Project Phase 2 - RwandaHowever, other key services continue to lack running water, including the consultation, hospitalization and laboratory rooms. Without running water in these areas, health center staff continues to face difficulties while providing basic services, and patients continue to be put at increased risk due to substandard sanitary conditions.

Currently, hospitalized patients must use stagnant bucket water to wash themselves or their food and clothing, which provides a less than ideal situation, particularly for severely ill patients. Additionally, buckets used for washing hands between consultations must be refilled often, discouraging nurses from properly washing their hands in between patients.

Project Description
This project is to connect the health center’s existing water source to the hospitalization rooms for men, women and children, one consultation room and a laboratory room.

Bisate Health Center will coordinate with the Access Project (the host organization of the sponsoring Peace Corps Volunteer), which provides management support to all health centers in the district of Musanze,

The majority of the funds will be used to purchase four sinks (three for the hospitalization rooms and one for consultation) as well as pipes and other materials needed to connect the water. The other rooms are already equipped with sinks, so the additional funds will be used to simply connect the sinks to the health center’s water source.

All necessary materials are available locally and the project is ready to be implemented immediately, due to the dedication, organization and competence demonstrated by the health center’s management.

Bisate Health Center Water Project Phase 2 - RwandaProject Impact
19,800 people in the catchment area served by Bisate Health Center will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Amy Studenic

Comments
By extending water into these key services, the quality of care provided by the staff at Bisate Health Center will vastly improve, as will the overall hygiene of the health center.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Six Senses Resorts & Spas as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative, with the help of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Amy Studenic.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Amy of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Amy 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.

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Munyaga Health Center Water Project – Rwanda

Munyaga Health Center Water Project – RwandaLocation
Munyaga Sector, Rwamagana District, Eastern Province of Rwanda

Community Description
Munyaga Health Center is among the most rural in Rwamagana District, tucked among rolling green hills and small mud homes. As a relatively small community, with a catchment population of 15, 541 people, Munyaga is often overlooked.

There is no electricity and access to water is scant. The health center relies on solar panels, a generator, jerricans, and buckets to compensate.

Despite the challenges it faces, Munyaga Health Center is among the most proactive about HIV testing and care in the district, a testament to its hardworking staff and the extraordinary leadership of the director.

Staff at Munyaga treats an average of 2,000 patients each month, with ailments like traumatic injuries, respiratory infections, and malaria among the most prevalent. Munyaga has a higher-than-average rate of malaria occurring in expecting mothers, a serious health problem that requires rapid treatment.

Munyaga Health Center Water Project – RwandaProject Description
This project is to bring running water into Munyaga's consultation, laboratory, lavatory, maternity, and dormitory areas.

Funds will be used to run pipe from the water source into the designated areas of the health center.

Project Impact
13,198 people will benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jennifer Boyd

Comments
Due to the layout of Munyaga, this project will result in water being available in almost the entire health center. This high-impact low-cost project will yield tremendous health benefits.

Munyaga Health Center Water Project – RwandaPeace Corps Volunteer Jennifer Boyd previously undertook two similar projects, the Rubona Health Center Water Project – Rwanda and the Gishali Police Health Center Water Project – Rwanda.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Adrian and Kim Jacobs, of Myrtle Beach, SC, USA, in memory and honor of their aunt Bessie Jacobs. The project is hereby designated the “Bessie Jacobs Project”.

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

This project has been concluded.

 

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Gishali Police Health Center Water Project - Rwanda

Gishali Police Health Center Water Project - RwandaLocation
Gishali Police Health Center, Rwamagana District, Eastern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
The community of Gishali is geographically close to Rwamagana Hospital, but tucked in among uneven roads, banana trees, and houses lacking electricity and water.

The staff at the health center supports a population of 17,362 and sees an average of 2,785 new cases of illness each month. Frequently-diagnosed illnesses include malaria and respiratory infections, common in the district. In addition, Gishali faces a spike in new HIV infections, the rate of new infections being more than double the district average.

Gishali Police Health Center has electricity and previously-run water lines around the health center, but these lines have not been connected to provide water inside the center.

Gishali Police Health Center Water Project - RwandaProject Description
This project is to provide water to the laboratory, consultation areas, lavatories, and maternity building of the health center.

Funds will be used to run pipes from the water source into designated areas of the health center. Existing fixtures will be used where possible, and new fixtures will be purchased if necessary.

Project Impact
17,362 people will benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jennifer Boyd

Comments
This project will allow staff and patients to maintain proper standards of hygiene, and thereby reduce the spread of disease. This is an extremely high-impact project, in that, in addition to directly affecting thousands of people, it demonstrates appropriate hygienic behaviors for patients to take back to their families and incorporate into their daily lives.

Gishali Police Health Center Water Project - RwandaDollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

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

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

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Murandi Health Center Water Project – Rwanda

Muhabura and Lake Busogo - RwandaLocation
Remera Sector, Musanze District, Northern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
Located in Rwanda’s volcanic Northern Province, Murandi Health Center is perched atop a mountain overlooking beautiful Lake Ruhundo. To reach Murandi from the nearest main town, one must drive an hour along a twisting, narrow mountain road, thus making this health center the most remote in Musanze District.

Despite its relative isolation, Murandi is a model health center in terms of its management, efficiency, cleanliness and staff motivation, and is highly trusted and visited by the surrounding communities.

The region where Murandi Health Center is located receives abundant rainfall and is surrounded by numerous lakes and other bodies of water, but the community remains largely without access to clean running water and electricity. The health center’s location near to Lake Ruhondo and other stagnant bodies of water contributes to its high prevalence of neglected tropical diseases such as schistosomiasis, Trichura trichuris (whipworm), Ascaris lumbricoides (large intestinal roundworms) and hookworm. Although rarely fatal, these ailments are a significant cause of morbidity in Rwanda, both negatively affecting economic productivity and children’s school attendance.

Murandi Health Center serves a community of over 16,000 people, most of whom are small-scale and subsistence farmers. The health center offers a wide variety of services, including maternal health and delivery, general consultation for children and adults, family planning, vaccination, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for HIV, distribution of ARV drugs, a nutrition program for mild and severe child malnutrition cases and a community health worker program that enables the health center to sensitize the community and monitor health trends.

Hospitalization Rooms & Water Storage Tank - RwandaAlthough its catchment population is relatively small compared to other health centers in the district, Murandi’s quality services draw patients from neighboring areas. It operates some of Musanze District’s busiest and most trusted hospitalization rooms for men, women and children, receiving 150-200 patients a day and delivering an average of 60 babies each month.

Murandi Health Center’s remote location and lack of sufficient financial resources has made it difficult to bring running water to all its rooms. Although it is fortunate to have consistent electricity in all rooms, and running water in its maternity section, the there is no running water in the other sections of the facility.

Murandi Health Center currently pipes its water from a well source in a neighboring valley and stores it in a large water tank directly behind its hospitalization rooms.

At present, hospitalized patients wishing to wash themselves, their food and their personal items are unable to do so without using stagnant bucket water or going outside to use water from the storage tank—an impossible task for extremely ill patients. The lack of running water in Murandi’s hospitalization rooms also results in constant inconveniences for the health professionals attempting to provide hygienic care for their patients.

Jessica McGhie, PCV and Titulaire - ReandaProject Description
This project will connect the health center’s hospitalization rooms for men, women and children to the health center’s existing water source.

Project funds will be used to purchase pipe and all fixtures and materials necessary to bring running water to and build sinks in the three hospitalization rooms.

The health center director (titulaire) has had complete plans prepared for this water project for several months, but has lacked the financial means to initiate it. The new facilities are greatly anticipated by the entire staff.

Project Impact
More than 16,000 people will be served by this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jessica McGhie

Comments
This is the third project by PCV Jessica McGhie.

Her other great projects are as follows:

Bisate Health Center Water Project – Rwanda

Busogo Health Center Water Project – Rwanda

The simple task of extending running water into Murandi Health Center’s hospitalization rooms will drastically improve the work environment for Murandi’s staff and the quality of care available for its patients.

This is the last of Musanze District’s health centers to install running water in its key rooms. It will add to and demonstrate Rwanda’s ongoing development and dedication to ensuring that all rural health centers are hygienic, safe spaces for patients to receive medical care.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of James Williams and Felicia Draper, of San Francisco, CA, with the help of Drop in the Bucket.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica McGhie of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Jessica and/or those of her counterpart PCVs in Rwanda.

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

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