Rotary District project to provide a hospital with safe and adequate supply of water
Knowing that Blue Planet Run normally works with implementers to expand their capacity and avoids "one-off" projects, we would like to propose this one due to its great need and will await for the group of peers to decide.
The 200 bed Kisii District Hospital, in the western Kenya highlands, was built in 1916 and has expanded through the years to accommodate 332 in-patients and a daily average of 500 out-patients. Bed occupancy ranges from 130% to 230% during the past ten years and has gone as high as 550% during times of malaria outbreaks. The hospital serves 525,000 people directly and is a referral facility for an additional 2,430,000. The Kisii area has a high density of AIDS victims and is known for the prevalence of the deadly highlands malaria after the rainy season.
The hospital's water needs are 180,000 litres per day. If all systems are functioning properly, the hospital has 40,000 litres of water per day from the following sources: 15,000 from a borehole, 10,000 litres from water harvesting and 15,000 litres from the municipal water system. The municipal system was put in place 30 years ago when the hospital had 200 beds and the population of the area was a fraction of what now exists. The equipment frequently breaks down and the hospital goes long periods of time with only enough water to use for essential services. Outdoor latrines are used, sheets are not provided for beds, polluted river water is purchased from vendors to use for cleaning and doctors and nurses have little water to clean their hands after treating patients. Much more information about the terrible conditions at the hospital is available.
LocationKisii, Kisii Central District, Kenya
Primary Focus: Other
Secondary Focus: Other
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 0
This number is people who get a constant supply for 'life' and a hospital is a transient place, so the number here is zero.
School Children Getting Water: 0
People Getting Sanitation: 0
People Getting Other Benefits: 52,500
People using the hospital annually
Application Type: Project Funding
Start Date: 2007-01-10
Completion Date: 2007-10-19
There is a spring located approximately a mile from the hospital that has sufficient flow, as tested by several water engineers, to provide in excess of 300,000 litres of water per day to the hospital and to the nearby community. The spring is on public property and approval to use it for the hospital and community has been obtained. The cost of protecting the spring, pumping it to the hospital, establishing access to the community and providing security is $65,500. The hospital has maintenance personnel trained to operate and maintain the equipment and infrastructure required for the project. Maintenance funds will be generated by savings from no longer buying water from the municipal supply. This will also benefit the community by having more water available for businesses and household use. Specific details on the project plan have been developed and are available for review.
The project will be done in one phase taking approximately six months to complete once funds are in place.
The Kisii Hospital Board is composed of members of the community and hospital staff. They are obtaining funds from the government's newly established regional self-help program to improve plumbing and sanitation. They have obtained legal rights to use the spring and organized the local community to help dig the pipeline from the spring to the hospital and to a local water point where the community will be able to obtain water for washing clothes and drinking..
Blue Planet Run will be prominently displayed as a partner with Rotary on a large plaque at the entrance of the hospital. There will be widespread publicity throughout the area and in Kenya's national news about the project and the role Blue Planet Run has played. It would also be good if some runners from Kenya are participating in the Run so they could be mentioned and thereby increase awareness of the upcoming event.
The lead is Don Howard. He and his wife will be going to Kenya in April and August to visit the projects and document results through video interviews, pictures and reports. Local Rotary Clubs will be responsible for disbursing funds, monitoring results, maintaining records and solving problems. Hospital maintenance personnel will be trained to operate and maintain the equipment.
Maintenance funds will be derived from the savings generated by not using the municipal water system and water vendors. The District Water Engineer, who ill supervise the project, will assit on training and do scheduled maintenance inspections.
Prior art before metrics
Protection of the spring, 25 cubic meter intake pump, construction of pump house, electrical pump set, pipeline from spring to hospital and from spring to community water point, upgrade of electricity, purification system. $44,000
Plumbing and storage tank. $17,100.
Administration and supervision. $4,550
Co Funding Amount: $45,650
Hurlingham-Nairobi Rotary Club, several rotary Clubs in the Denver, Colorado area, Rotary District 5450 and Rotary International Foundation.
Community Contribution Amount:
The Kisii Hospitla Board is comprised of members of the local community. They have obtained legal permission from the government to use the spring. They also have organized the community to help laying pipeline from the spring to the hospital and water point.