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Sep 11, 2019

First report on Solar Project Saves Lives

We are actively working on creating a master plan for the entire hospital compound facility. The master plan will allow us to determine the extent of solar needs for all facilities that are currently part of the hospital and those facilities which we hope to add to the complex. We are currently considering a proposal submitted to the American Partners for developing a master plan that will accommodate the health care needs of the Western Province of Zambia for the next 20 years. This master plan will allow us to expand on the current solar resources that are now supplying the main hospital building. We have seen considerable savings on the hospital's ZESCO bills since the installation of the first phase of the solar project.

Sep 3, 2019

Progress since our last report

Water tanks in transport to Mwandi
Water tanks in transport to Mwandi

The upgrade of reticulation system of pipes supplying the hospital with water is complete. Interestingly we discovered that the many of the old steel pipes that were replaced were first installed in 1930! So, it is not surprising that they weren’t efficiently delivering the needed water to the hospital buildings. 

The bulk tank and treatment system were purchased in late July and have arrived in Mwandi from South Africa. The four large reservoirs will soon be elevated at the river’s edge on new steel pedestals which are now being constructed. Once the tanks are installed, the pump by the river will fill each tank. When full, the four tanks can hold enough water for two days of continuous use by the hospital, without the addition of more water. Because the elevation of the tanks will deliver water to the hospital without additional pumps and because of the tanks’ large capacity, the costs of pumping water to the hospital buildings will be greatly decreased.

By the time of our next report, we hope to have all tanks functioning and the new water treatment system installed. Pictures of the tanks being shipped and arriving in Mwandi are found below.

Tanks arrived in Mwandi
Tanks arrived in Mwandi
The tanks are HUGE!
The tanks are HUGE!

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Jun 5, 2019

Progress on Clean Water Improves Patient Care - June 5, 2019

Working on reticulation system
Working on reticulation system

We wish to thank all of our GlobalGiving donors for supporting the American Partners “Clean Water Improves Patient Care” project.  We hope to complete this project by the end of 2019! Under the direction of the American Partners’ Project and Site Manager, the project is making excellent progress.

Our progress to date:

The excavation of the old reticulation system began in late May. We anticipate completing the upgrade of the entire system by early August. The bulk tank and treatment system will be purchased in late July. These will be installed next to the river after the scaffolding for the bulk tank is complete in September.

In addition, we will install a water meter for the treatment system. The water entering the hospital and the electrical usage of pumps will be monitored for six months after installation to assess the amount of water being supplied to the hospital, the quality of that water, and the pressure of the water reaching the hospital taps. The elevation of the tank and its proximity to the river will only require using the pump to fill the tank and not to move the water from the river to the hospital. Therefore, the number of hours needed to run the pump will decrease. Our goal is to gradually reduce the pumping needs from 24 hours of running time each day to a targeted 6 hours per day after 6 months of operation.

Staff eagerly anticipate completion of the project

The acting Medical Officer In Charge stated that the decontaminated water anticipated with the improved water system will reduce incidence of diarrhoeal disease seen in patients. This is especially important for malnourished children who are subject to dehydration and secondary infections from contaminated water.

Further, the Nursing Officer explained that the new reticulation system will not only address the health needs of the patients but will impact the environment in which patients are treated. Without sufficient water pressure to the hospital, it is difficult to sanitize the bathrooms and wards. The new system will allow hospital staff to reliably sterilize equipment and maintain a sterile surgical environment. With proper storage of treated water and an efficient delivery system, water will be easier to conserve, thereby reducing the costs of hospital operations and medical treatments while improving patient health outcomes.

Some of old pipes removed from system
Some of old pipes removed from system
More old pipes
More old pipes
New trenches and piping
New trenches and piping
Pump at river
Pump at river

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