“There is simply no way to safely deliver healthcare without water, sanitation, and hygiene. Neither patients nor providers can be protected.” – Dr. Migs Muldrow
It is not uncommon for healthcare facilities in Ethiopia, and other countries in Africa, to go through prolonged periods of time when water is completely unavailable or unobtainable in sufficient amounts. Health facilities in Ethiopia often have either no water service (31%) or limited water coverage (39%) and either no sanitation service (24%) or limited (17%) sanitation service. (UNICEF, 2019). In rural regions, less than 50% of health care facilities reported that a combination of water, soap, and hand drying materials were always available.
Safe and reliable sources of water, improved sanitation, and good hygiene practices (WASH) are essential for the prevention of the spread of viruses and infections in health-care facilities such as hospitals, health centers, health posts, and clinics. Maternal, newborn, and child health services are greatly impacted without access to these services and practices.
WEFTA volunteers have been able to address WASH issues by developing relationships with other non-profits, NGO’s, and charitable organizations. Our volunteers have done outreach and collaboration on WASH projects with Village Health Partnerships (VHP) and Afro Ethiopia Integrated Develop (AEID) at Bachuma District Hospital and the Chebera Health Center in the West Omo Zone and the Daughters of Charity Compound in Addis Ababa which includes St. Mary’s Laboratory/Clinic.
Our engineers provide technical support for drilling wells, waterline installation, water tank construction, rooftop catchment systems, and sanitation projects. To maintain environmental sustainability, volunteers will assess the wastewater component of any water system and work with the beneficiaries to incorporate some level of treatment and reinjection or reuse of the treated wastewater.
Capital: Addis Ababa
Area: 1,104,300 sq. km.
Population: 108,113,150 (July 2020)
Languages: Oromo, Amharic (official national language), Somali, and other native languages
Regions: highland complex of mountain ranges and plateaus in western and central regions, divided by the Great Rift Valley, deserts along the eastern border and tropical forests in the southern areas
Water & Health
Since 2002, WEFTA has been connecting donors, engineers, and communities in Latin America and Africa, all with the common goal of ensuring access to clean drinking water for everyone.
Sanitation & Environment
WEFTA engineers help communities make sound decisions and facilitate the dialog leading to the development of solutions for inadequate sewage treatment, and its associated environmental impacts.
Development & Sustainability
WEFTA volunteers work with the communities we partner with to develop the local skills needed to maintain and manage the water and wastewater systems constructed.