Improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities attract more hospital deliveries

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“If you have no water and proper sanitation in a health facility, you are doing nothing.”

By Proscovia Nakibuuka Mbonye
The UNICEF office in Uganda recently released a story about WASH in health care and improved deliveries for mothers:

“Four years ago, when Onyang Mary, 23-year-old and a mother of three delivered her first child at Nabilatik Health Centre IV, she had to carry water from home, for health workers to utilize during and after delivery. Heavy, big and tired, Onyang checked into the labour ward with a ten litre jerry can full of water, on her head which she collected from a faraway borehole, on her way to the facility.

The situation was not any different for Anyakun Valentina, 30-year-old mother of three, who delivered her first child at the same health facility, five years ago. Unfortunately, Anyakun, didn’t come with any water as she was weak, already in labour and supported by a very young attendant who couldn’t carry the water. With no water after delivery, Anyakun spent 48 hours at the facility without taking a bathe and only had one at home after she was discharged!!!”

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