Juliana loves her job. She’s worked as a nurse at Kiomboi hospital in Tanzania for three years, and recently moved to the labour ward to become a midwife.

But, like the other staff at the hospital, she faces a life-threatening obstacle every day: the lack of clean, safe water.

Juliana carries a newborn baby on the labour ward at Kiomboi hospital.Juliana carries a newborn baby in the labour ward at Kiomboi hospital.

Working without this essential resource often means making impossible choices – like deciding whether to leave the hospital in search of water, or help mums in labour without washing her hands between deliveries.

“The impact of not washing your hands is that you can contaminate patients. You can take an infection from one place to another,” Juliana explains.

She’s acutely aware of the risk of deadly infections like sepsis in an environment where keeping the wards and medical instruments clean is a constant struggle.

“Sometimes I feel angry about the water situation, but that’s the way it is. Being a nurse is a passion – I’m here to help the patient.”

'We will be able to wash our hands'

This winter, we want to change things for Juliana and all the mums and midwives at Kiomboi – and as part of our biggest ever appeal, Deliver Life, work is already underway at the hospital.

Our local partners, SEMA and the Iramba District Council, have been laying the groundwork so they can install a constant supply of clean water, taps and toilets for the very first time.

Juliana talks to construction workers at Kiomboi hospital, Tanzania. Juliana talks to workers at Kiomboi hospital.

That means Juliana will soon have the chance to deliver life in a clean environment – and significantly reduce the spread of infections.

“I’m very happy about the work going on here,” says Juliana. “It will help pregnant mothers get safe water, and it will especially make a difference to us nurses. Before attending to patients, we will be able to wash our hands.

“My message to the people who have donated is one of thanks. They have saved the lives of many Tanzanians.”

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