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The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Community Health Officer Fedrick Ngaujah Happy For Clean Water
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Dr Yillah And Community Health Officer Happily Splashing
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Dr Yillah Happy For Clean Water
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Head Of Maternity Unit And Community Health Officer Happily Splashing
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Monitoring Evaluation Officer Mr Osman Conteh And Mr Osman Fofanah Mapping Officer Ministry Of Water Resources
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Monitoring Evaluation Officer Splashing With Nurses
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Nurse Celebrating Clean Water For The Hospital
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Nurse Happily Celebrating Clean Water
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Nurse Happily Collecting Clean Water
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Nurse With Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Nurse With Clean Water Flowing
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The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Bailing
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Bailing
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Bailing
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Demonstrating Handwashing
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Hand Washing Method
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Participant Demostrating Proper Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Participants Displaying Disease Transmission Poster
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Teaching About Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Teaching About Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Teaching About Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Teaching Healthy And Unhealthy Communities
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Teaching Importance Of Bathing
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Teaching Importance Of Breast Feeding
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Teaching Importance Of Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Teaching Proper Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Councilor Fatmata Akai Happy For Safe Drinking Water
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Dr Alusine Yillah Making Statement
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Hospital Worker Happily Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Nurse Collecting Safe Drinking Water
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Nurse Happily Celebrating
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Nurse Happily Collecting Clean
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The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Ward
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Ward
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Sign Board
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Young Man Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Young Man Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Young Girl Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Waste Bin At Hospital
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Waste Bin At Hospital
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Main Well
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Mr Osman Conteh
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Incinerator
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Hospital Entrance
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Hospital Admistrative Building
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Generator House Electricity House
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Generator House Electricity House
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Garbage
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Garbage Pit At Hospital
The Water Project: Lungi Government Hospital -  Handwashing Station

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 780 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Lungi Government Hospital was constructed in 1954. It is intended to serve as the main hospital for the Lungi, Lokomasama, and Kamasondo communities. New buildings are being built daily to increase capacity to serve the number of patients admitted daily.

The hospital administration has seen great improvements in the area of equipment, medication, and lab testing over the last ten years, thanks to the efforts of doctors and staff.  Services that used to be carried out in Freetown are now completed at the hospital with ease and doctors from other hospitals come to perform very delicate surgical procedures.

The well used for the hospital is located next to the generator area in an isolated part of the hospital compound. It is sealed off from hospital traffic to avoid anyone tampering with the well and is not used by the outside population but reserved only for patients, staff, and patient helpers. The submersible pump in the well supplies water into tanks in various areas of the hospital. Since electricity is not steadily available, water has to be pumped when it comes on during the night. The water that is pumped into tanks is often not enough because the well runs low at times. If the tank water runs out, patients and their helpers are then allowed to try and fetch water from the well one bucket at a time.

“We try always to have sufficient water in the tanks to prevent too many people from walking back to the location of the pump. Limiting access to plenty of people assures that the water and well areas stay free from contamination. That is why the first thing to do is check the amount of water in each of the tanks because it will be very unfortunate for water to run out during a surgical procedure or a baby delivery,” said Osman Conteh, a human resources staff member at the hospital.

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

Well Rehabilitation

The well marked for this overhaul is dry for a few months every year and needs major work to supply adequate, clean water to the hospital year round. The pump will be removed, and a hand auger will be lowered inside and powered by a drill team. This hand auger will allow the team to drill several meters deeper to hit a sufficient water column that will ensure the well supplies water throughout all seasons.

As the team drills, casing will be installed, transforming the bottom of this hand-dug well into a borehole. PVC piping will connect this lower system directly to the pump, a construction that we know will also improve the quality of water.

Once this plan is implemented, everyone within the hospital will have access to safe drinking water in both quality and quantity, even through the dry months.

Hygiene and Sanitation Training

There will be hygiene and sanitation training sessions offered for three days in a row.

After our visit, the hygiene and sanitation trainer decided it would be best to teach community members how to build a tippy tap (a hand-washing station built with a jerrycan, string, and sticks). They will use these tippy taps for handwashing demonstrations, and will also teach about other tools like dish racks and the importance of properly penning in animals.

These trainings will also strengthen the water user committee that manages and maintains this well. They enforce proper behavior and report to us whenever they need our help solving a serious problem, like a pump breakdown.

Project Updates


01/10/2022: Lungi Government Hospital Well Rehabilitation Complete!

We are excited to share a safe, reliable water point at Lungi Government Hospital in Sierra Leone is now providing clean water to patients, staff, and neighboring community members! We also conducted hygiene and sanitation training, which focused on healthy practices such as handwashing and using latrines.

Dr. Allusine Yillah, a surgeon, commented, "The rehabilitation of the hospital water well is good work and very timely as the hospital needs enough water to perform all its functions. The water well will help to provide clean and adequate water for the entire hospital especially the surgical room and maternity ward."

Dr. Yillah celebrates clean water with the nurses.

Dr. Yillah continued, "Personally, this water well will make my job very easy and effective. I can get access to enough water in the surgical room to provide my service easily."

We held a dedication ceremony to officially hand over the well to the community members. The ceremony was attended by several hospital staff and local dignitaries from the Ministry of Water Resources and Port Loko District Council. Each official gave a short speech thanking everyone who contributed to the rehabilitation of the water project.

The Community Health Officer and Nurse Pyne, on the right, celebrate clean water.

Nurse Patricia Pyne, Head of the Maternity Unit, said the members of her unit are happy with the well because they use the most water. The well will make their jobs easier. Dr. Yillah also made a statement on the hospital's behalf thanking us for the project. The celebration was kept short because the hospital staff had to return to work and care for patients.

Clean Water Restored

The drill team arrived the day before beginning work. They set up camp and unpacked all of their tools and supplies to prepare for drilling the next day. The community provided space for the team to store their belongings, along with meals for the duration of their stay. The following day, the work began.

First, we raised the tripod, the structure we use to hold and maneuver each of the drilling tools. Next, we measured the well's original depth. We then socketed the pipes and installed a casing.

Finally, we lined up the drill rods and started to drill! We reached a final depth of 21 meters with water at 13 meters. The hand-drill method allowed the team to install the cylinder far below the aquifer so that the community has great water access throughout the year.

With drilling complete, we installed screening and a filter pack to keep out debris when the water is pumped. We then cemented an iron rod to the well lining and fixed it with an iron collar at the top. Next, we bailed the well by hand for three days and flushed it, clearing any debris generated by the drilling process. Finally, we tested the yield to ensure the well would provide clean water with minimal effort at the pump.

As the project neared completion, we built a cement platform, walls, and drainage system around the well to seal it off from surface-level contaminants. The drainage system helps to redirect runoff and spilled water to help avoid standing water at the well, which can not only be uncomfortable but unhygienic and a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes.

At last, we installed the stainless steel India Mk11 pump and conducted a water quality test. The test results showed that this is clean water fit for drinking!

John S., 14, said, "The water well at the hospital is now good. Everyone can now be happy to fetch water from the well. Before, it was not easy to fetch enough water from the hospital pump because the amount of water from the well was not enough and a lot of people needed the water."

New Knowledge

Before conducting any hygiene training, we made repeated phone calls and visits to the local water user committee to better understand the community’s challenges and lack of sanitation facilities. We shared the findings from our discussions with the committee members to help them make the necessary adjustments before the training began. For example, we identified households without handwashing stations or ones that may need to repair their latrines. With this information, community members worked together to improve hygiene and sanitation at home.

After this preparatory period, we scheduled a time when members from each household using the water point could attend a multi-day hygiene and sanitation training. We then dispatched our teams to the agreed-upon location to hold the meeting.

Training topics covered included handwashing and tippy taps, good and bad hygiene habits, disease transmission and prevention, worms and parasites, dental hygiene, proper care of the well's pump, keeping the water clean, the cost recovery system, dish racks and clotheslines, the importance of toilets, keeping latrines clean, balanced diets, the diarrhea doll, and HIV and AIDS.

Participants learn about disease transmission.

Victoria Tucker, a 31-year-old health worker said, "This training is valuable to me because it has added more knowledge to my medical career. With this new knowledge that I have gained from this training, I will continue to sensitize patients especially lactating mothers to practice good hygiene in their various communities to save themselves from disease. I am very much delighted for the hygiene and sanitation training I have received. I will make sure that I also put them into practice."

A topic the medical personnel was especially curious about during the training was comparing healthy vs. unhealthy communities. The facilitator showed them how to identify which communities are healthier to live in. Everyone was surprised that the cleaning person of the hospital easily identified the unclean community. He even named a local community that is not healthy and said most times this community is facing problems with diseases like diarrhea and skin diseases.

Demonstrating proper handwashing techniques.

When an issue arises concerning the well, community members are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact our field officers to assist them. Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our ongoing monitoring and maintenance program.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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10/26/2021: Lungi Government Hospital Well Rehabilitation Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Lungi Government Hospital drains people’s time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this community through the introduction and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation, and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!


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Project Photos


Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


Contributors

3 individual donor(s)