Ipali Health Center

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Latitude 0.05
Longitude 34.58

500 Served

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This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:


The proposed Ipali Health Centre started in the year 1986 through efforts of Ipali community members who used to go long distance looking for health services. In the year 1989 the Development Committee of Ipali Health Centre made an appeal to Kenya Finland Primary Health Programme (KENAFYA) who managed to construct permanent buildings to the facility which enable the health workers to start offering maternity services and admitting both out and in patients depending on patients health conditions.

Kenya Finland Primary Health Programme after constructing the facility also managed to install a 10M steel Tower and 10,000 pressed steel tanks since them to date the reserve tank hasn’t store in water for facility’s domestic use as there is no access to clean water source.

The Ipali health Centre offers free maternity service to women of Itumbu, Ebusikhale, Esaba, Ebusiekwe, Esibakala , Embali, Emukola Ebusivalo, Emumbwi, Esiandumba , Ebutanyi and Eb usakame with a total population of 14,832 people all being the sub-locations served by  the said health  centre. Whenever a woman has delivered water is either brought by a family member or the health centre has to hire women from within at the cost of Ksh. 20 per 20 litres jerrican.

The Ipali Health Centre committee made an appeal to Bridge Water Project requesting for a borehole to be drilled as a matter of intervention in their lack of water problem in the facility.


Currently the facility get water from TIANG’A and Ipali protected springs located one and half to 2KM away from the health centre, during long dry spell water level goes down so one has to take long like 3-4 minutes to fill 20 liters jerrican whereas during and after harvesting its very rare to get one to hire since people have plenty of food in their granaries (store) and can’t be hired on casual labor.

The facility records also indicates that most patients suffer water born diseases i.e. Diarrheal, Amoebasis, Shigella Dysentery as a result of using water from the mentioned springs records a turbidity value of 80 and 60  below the (WHO) parameters.


The facility at most offers its services to 800 – 1000 patients per month both in patient and out patients whereas it has residence staff clinical officer – 1, nurses 6, lab technician 1, Community Health Extension officer 1, peer educators 3, community Health Workers (CHW) 9, 2 volunteers in charge of Health Records estimated population of 1,017 people. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)


The facility has several permanent buildings which are washed daily, pit latrines toilets for patients 5, for staff 2, 4 more new ones for the patients donated by Emuhaya Constituency Development Fund (CDF) (11 pit latrines) which are washed in daily basis, bathroom with modern showers available. The facility has a kitchen where food for both in patient and staff are cooked. It’s clean and well ventilated. Hand washing sinks already fixed despite no single drop of water has gone through. There’s compost pit and placenta pit for waste disposal e.t.c.


There’s need to drilled a borehole for the proposed Ipali Health Centre that is aimed at improving Hygiene and sanitation of the facility and also improve Mother Child Health Care Service.


If the well is drilled Ipali Health Centre staff and patients will be the beneficiaries.


The Ipali Health Centre Management Committee is organized ready to take full responsibility of operating maintenance and management of the water supply, if drilled for the facility.

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Recent Project Updates

11/24/2014: Ipali Health Center Project Complete

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, Ipali Health Center in Kenya has a new source of safe, clean water. The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of this project:

WEEK1 NARRATIVE: 6th  10th October 2014.

After mobilizing the community members of Ipali, they all converged at the health center in preparation for a full training on proper hygiene and sanitation. A big number of women and children attended the training. They all converged at one place as the training was set to begin. Even though it was a clinic day, we managed to deliver the sessions to the community members.

According to the data collected at the health center, most children from this community suffer from diarrheal diseases as most adults suffer from typhoid diseases. All this diseases come as a result of poor practices of hygiene and sanitation.

During the training, more emphasis was put;

a)      Proper hand washing.

b)      Water storage and handling (house hold level)

c)       Food preparation and its handling.

d)      Prevention of diarrheal diseases.

e)      Personal hygiene.

Putting in mind that the community members do not have handwashing stations in their homes, more was facilitated on the importance of hand washing, the risks behind hand washing, when hand washing should be done and how to be done.

Poor storage of drinking water, leads to higher chances of contamination. Many households in this community don’t have knowledge or facilities to store water. Some store water in dirty jerricans, which have no lids, some used the same container used for scooping water for drinking purposes. The participants were trained on the best ways of water storage as well as its treatment methods.

To stop diarrheal diseases among children, more emphasis was put on proper handling of food with clean hands so as to break the chain of the spread of diarrheal diseases. Women were encouraged to ensure that their children have an access to clean food, water among other things.

To the end of the training, the community members were enlightened and eager to begin to observe better practices of hygiene and sanitation.

WEEK2 NARRATIVE: 13th  17th October 2014.

After the community members had undergone training on good hygiene and sanitation, the BWP service team mobilized to the site for the preparation of drilling of the well. The drilling rig was brought on the site where by the geologist identified a point with a high potential of water. The community members helped in the provision of water that was used for drilling. In addition, the community members prepared food for the team. All this was considered as a 20% contribution from the community.

The drilling of the Ipali health center well took three days. The drilled well was then cased at the depth of 40M. Thereafter, the construction of the well pad was done allowing it to cure for approximately five days. Among other activities that were done include test pumping and flushing. After the well pad was cured, the well was then installed with a new Afridev pump at a depth of 38M.

WEEK3  NARRATIVE: 20th  24th October 2014.


After all the activities were done to ensure that the Ipali health center had an access to clean and safe water, the water project was finally handed over to the management board of the hospital together with the water committee in which the community members are represented.

The water committee together with the Hospital board assured the BWP team that they will ensure proper operations and maintenance of the new water project drilled in the hospital facility.


What could be more important for good health than clean water and better sanitation?  Don’t miss the new pictures of the finished well, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4279-67-handing-over

10/27/2014: Ipali Health Center Project Underway

We are excited to announce that the Ipali Health Center in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A new well is being constructed and the community will receive training in hygiene and sanitation.  Together these resources will go a long way in helping the health center stop the spread of disease in the area.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4279-04-ipali-healthcentre-gate

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4279
Install Date:  11/24/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 02/28/2017
Well Depth:  38.00M


We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
11/05/2015 — Needs Attention
04/28/2016 — Needs Attention
02/28/2017 — Needs Repair

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Bridge Water Project has been funded by The Water Project almost since they got their start in 2007.  This local Kenyan NGO works directly with the communities and neighbors they know well.  Building relationships with these villages and the local government helps ensure that the water projects we fund are sustainable in the long term.

BWP works to repair up to four wells for every new one they install.  In this area of Kenya, many old and broken down water points still exist.  We have found that restoring these water points and establishing new plans for maintenance and monitoring, is quite cost effective.

We work closely with partners like BWP to strengthen their teams, through professional development growing their impact and quality of work over time.  Your donations make it all possible.