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Brikama Health Centre

COMPLETED FEBRUARY 2007!

 

  

PROJECT TITLE:

Fixing the Water Problem in the Brikama Medical Health Centre

“Once and for All”

LOCATION:

Brikama Health Centre grounds

BENEFICIARY:

The Brikama town community

IMPLEMENTING

ORGANISATION:

Rotary Club of Banjul, , The Gambia,

West Africa.

Web:  www.rotaryclub.gm

Email: infobanjul@rotaryclub.gm

CONTACT PERSON

Community Service

Mrs. Josée Soppe (get@gamtel.gm  Tel : [+220) 99 88 932)

Mr. William Coker

Mr. Safiyoung Manneh

DURATION:

Estimated 1 month only after start of work

ESTIMATED COST:

Euros 8,000.= (borehole €2,500 + high capacity pump €1,500 +

solar panels € 0,000 + installation € 1,000 )

 

 

1.     BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

BRIKAMA

 

The Gambia is a small country in West Africa with a population of approx. 1.4 million. Check out web sites www.gambia.gm or www.newgambia.gm or www.statehouse.gm for more details.

 

BRIKAMA is one of the major towns in The Gambia, and the capital of the Western Division. It has approximately 20.000 inhabitant and is the second largest satellite city in the country for many surrounding villages, totaling approx. 80.000 inhabitants.

It seats also the administrative headquarters for the Western Division.

 

Since 1960 Brikama has a Medical Health Centre. Many organizations have helped to upgrade BMHC.

The BMHC has the following units:
 

1960

Children – Vaccinations – Registration (Birth / Death)

1960

TBC Unit

1970

Watertank

1995

Laboratory

1995

Consultation room

1996

Operation Theatre

1996

Pharmacy

1996

Men / Women (mixed)

1996

External toilet unit

1996

Outpatients GP consultation

1999

Eye Unit

2004

Maternity ward

 














2
.     PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In 1970 the governmental water and electricity company NAWEC has constructed a 10,000 liter water tank and supplied water to the BMHC.

Since 2004 NAWEC has major problems supplying water and electricity throughout the country. Their major problem comes down to lack of resources. E.g. money to buy oil to run the generators that pump the water from the Brikama major borehole to the NAWEC tank (+100.000 liters). Money to pump the water from the major tank into the local distribution system for the population. Also NAWEC’s maintenance is not up-to date and breakdown happen very often.

The BMHC has a major problem because of the NAWEC problem. BMHC cannot solve NAWEC’s problem, only the government can do that. Fact is that without water it is very difficult to run a hospital.

All water infrastructures (taps, showers, hot water boilers, toilets, etc.) in all unit of BMHC are modern and good working condition. Also the 10.000 liters water overhead tank is still in good working order (if filled with water).

  

3.     PROJECT OBJECTIVES.
 

  1. To drill a borehole in the BHC compound that can supply 5.000-10.000 liters of water daily.

 

  1. To install a solar driven pump to pump the water from the borehole into the 10.000 liter overhead water tank.

 

 

4.     BENEFICIARIES

 

Every unit in the BMHC will benefit from a smooth operating water infrastructure, and clean and healthy drinking water.

 

 

5.     EXPECTED OUTCOMES/RESULTS

 

  1. A well functioning water infrastructure, were water is flowing from the taps, showers and in the toilet reservoirs.
     
  1. Clean and Healthy drinking water.
     
  1. No more oil bills for the generator to pump up the water (solar panels).
     
  1. A cleaner Health Centre as cleaning the units has been a major problem without water.
     
  1. An incentive for other organizations to repair some of the units (operating theater, outside toilet unit).

 

 

6.     SUSTAINABILITY

 

  1. The Company (Two Dutch Experts who established a company in The Gambia) that will carry out the project (borehole and solar pump) gives a guarantee of at least 1 year on all work carried out.

 

  1. The BMHC will do their utmost to maintain the water infrastructure.

 

7.  IMPORTANT NOTE

The mayor of the Brikama Area Council, Mr. Gibril Ahmed Jassy, who is also a gynecologist, has drafted a letter in which he guarantees any party willing to finance the drilling of the borehole, all necessary permits from the council and support by the community.

 

Pictures from BMHC

 

Overhead water tank

 

 

Current water system

(100 liter drums)

NAWEC water system

Outpatients waiting area

 

 

Outside washing area

Outpatients unit

Maternity unit

GP consultation unit

Laboratory unit