Nurses stopping treatments to collect water. Cleaners taking home placentas to bury them. Patients often having no choice but to relieve themselves outside the hospital.

18 months after Liberia was declared free of Ebola, this is still the reality at Pipeline Health Centre in Paynesville, a suburb of the country’s capital Monrovia.

The clinic currently accesses water from two nearby hand-dug wells, and there are limited toilets available at the facility. Without a reliable source of water to clean them, patients are put at risk of infection and disease.

Yeartee transport water to the ward at Pipeline Health Centre. Yeartee, a cleaner, transports water to the wards at Pipeline Health Centre.

'Collecting water is my biggest challenge'

Yeartee works as a cleaner at Pipeline Health Centre. Her main responsibilities include cleaning the facility, but because of a lack of clean, safe water she also has to spend a large amount of her time collecting water too.

“Collecting water is my biggest challenge,” says Yeartee. “I fetch water for all the rooms here, and transporting water from the well to the wards and bathrooms is really difficult.”

Yeartee experienced the devastating effect of Ebola first-hand. During the outbreak, she was quarantined for 21 days because a patient in her clinic was infected. Both the patient and the doctor who treated them died.

“My work was very hard during the Ebola outbreak because I had to disinfect everywhere,” she recalls. “I was using chlorinated water all the time – my skin peeled off.”

With a sustainable supply of water at Pipeline, Yeartee would be able to focus more of her time on keeping the health centre clean and patients, doctors and nurses safe.

Yeartee prepares for work at Pipeline Health Centre. Yeartee prepares for work.

Healthy Start

Leaders of all UN member states have promised to ensure healthy lives and wellbeing for all by 2030 – but without clean water, adequate sanitation and good hygiene in all healthcare centres around the world, this will be impossible.

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