Karuma Health Center II lies about 500m from Karuma Bridge which separates the northern part of Uganda from the West. This facility which was constructed in 2009 at the time Kiryandongo district was a constituency in Masindi district and is located adjacent to the Karuma hydro power dam. This heath centre serves approximately 10,000 people who come from 10 villages which constitute Diima parish. According to the Ugandan government’s health policy, every parish is supposed to have one of these centres. A health centre II facility, serving a few thousand people, should be able to treat common diseases like malaria. It is supposed to be led by an enrolled nurse, working with a midwife, two nursing assistants and a health assistant. It runs an out-patient clinic, treating common diseases and offering antenatal care.
Water at any health facility is so crucial. This facility lacks water most of the time as its only source is a rain water harvesting tank constructed a the staff house which is shared by both staff, patients and the community. During rain seasons, this tanks fairly serves its purpose but when it stops especially during dry spells, this tank is always dry due to the high demand of water leaving the health centre in critical need. Arising out of this continuous need, Kiryandongo district local government invited The water trust for partnership in delivering access to clean and safe water to health centres of which this facility has been earmarked to benefit.
Sanitation facilities prevent the transmission of diseases as it prevents human faecal contamination of water and soil. The lack of proper sanitation facilities are the cause for a significant proportion of the world’s infectious disease burden. According to the WHO, diseases due to poor water supply, sanitation, and personal and domestic hygiene cause 4.0% of all deaths and 5.7% of all disability or ill health in the world. Moreover, waterborne illnesses predominantly affect the poor and the young. When basic water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions are applied, waterborne illnesses can be effectively reduced (www.who.int).
Location: Diima Parish, Mutunda sub-county, Kiryandongo district.
Catchment Population: 10,000 people
Start Date: January 15, 2016
Pump Installation Date: February 25, 2016
The following data will be collected approximately 6 to 8 months after the installation of the water point with the start of our monitoring program.
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