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Stop COVID-19 from Spreading in Hospitals: Soap and Safe Water Needed Now 

Proper handwashing is one of the most effective ways to contain the spread of the coronavirus in healthcare settings–protecting medical staff, patients, and hospital visitors from disease transmission. 

But in places like Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, many hospitals and clinics do not have adequate handwashing facilities or a steady supply of safe water. 

“After visiting hospitals in Tanzania, I realized how necessary immediate action was, as many healthcare settings don’t have reliable access to safe water and proper handwashing facilities,” said Benjamin Filskov, Water Mission’s country director in Tanzania. 

A handwashing station being commissioned outside of a Tanzania hospital.

In coordination with the Tanzanian government and the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, Water Mission has installed nearly 470 handwashing stations in hospitals and health centers throughout Tanzania. We installed nearly 290 additional handwashing stations throughout the country at water access points, markets, prisons, and other locations.

Despite restrictions and changes brought on by COVID-19, Water Mission continues to ensure that safe water is flowing for families, healthcare professionals, and other community members in Tanzania. While many relief organizations and service providers have halted or slowed the delivery of essential goods and services, our teams are hard at work to provide safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions during the pandemic. 

Water Mission country director, Benjamin Furlong, demonstrates proper handwashing with Tanzania’s Minister of Health, Ummy Mwalimu.

“I just wanted to thank you for all the excellent, life-saving project work that Water Mission is doing in Tanzania. I am receiving good reports about successful and sustainable projects from multiple managers in Kigoma and the country. The implementation of essential water projects across the country is challenged and disrupted because contractors and partners are discontinuing their activities due to the global COVID-19 situation. Thank you for Water Mission’s commitment to maintaining operations despite seeing other partners and contractors cease theirs.”

 

You can join our ongoing COVID-19 response and help us install more handwashing stations and safe water solutions around the world.  

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