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WaterAid Malawi bails out Kangolwa Health Centre, improves WASH facilites

Communities surrounding Kangolwa Health Centre in the area of Senior Chief Kasakula in Ntchisi District can now afford access to clean and potable drinking water, thanks to the intervention of WaterAid Malawi.

Through its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project, the organization has constructed as well as renovated various infrastructures in an effort to improve healthcare service deliver at the facility.

Sifukwe (centre) and her friends basking in the sun at Kangolwa Health Centre in Ntchisi

During a media tour organized to enable appreciate the impact of the project on the intended beneficiary communities, the facility’s health promoter, Frank Gwaluka, applauded WaterAid Malawi for the timely support.

Gwaluka said access to good hygiene and potable drinking water were some of the major challenges the facility has been facing for years.

Additionally, the facility did not have a bathroom for expectant women and their guardians.

“The coming in of WaterAid Malawi has helped in promoting good sanitation and hygiene practices as they have built another placenta pit, bathrooms as well as well bringing in safe and reliable water at the facility. They came in with different ways on how we can train people to use these facilities properly. They train us as Health Promoters how to teach people on good hygiene behaviour practices and with this we can say that we have a sigh of relief,” he narrated.

The renovated ablution facilities at Kangolwa Health Centre in Ntchisi

Adesi Sifukwe of Nthunduzi Village said the project is helping them a lot unlike in past the facility used to have only two toilets catering for dozens of women, which created discomfort among the women.

WaterAid Malawi implemented a project called 150 Challenge in health centre facilities of Ntchisi in order to promote WASH related services.

This was day two of a one week media tour in the district, which is facilitated by WaterAid and funded by Wimbledon Foundation of United Kingdom.

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