Right now, a fifth of all health care facilities have no basic water services. We are working together to transform health centres around the world with clean water.
Since 2017, the Wimbledon Foundation has donated £1.5 million to bring clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to healthcare facilities and communities in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Myanmar and Nepal.
With taps, toilets and handwashing facilities, doctors, nurses and midwives can treat patients safely and deliver healthcare wins in their community.
Together, we can win with water
With clean hands, I can keep babies and patients safe from infection.
When Zelifa, a midwife, started working at the Mkhuzi Health Centre in Malawi, there was no running water. Now staff have water to clean rooms and equipment, and patients have decent toilets and handwashing facilities.
Credit: WaterAid/Laura El-Tantway
Nearly one in four healthcare facilities in Malawi has no clean water on site. As many as three in five don’t have decent toilets, and more than half have no hygiene facilities.
As a result, many women’s experiences of giving birth are marked by difficulty, indignity, and the risk of deadly infection – for both themselves and their newborn babies.
Carrying Life reveals the physical and psychological burden of giving birth in facilities without adequate water, sanitation and hygiene, shining a light on the stories of mothers and their ‘guardians’ – older women, responsible for caring for their charges in the final stages of pregnancy – in Malawi’s Ntchisi district. Here, the Wimbledon Foundation has funded vital services in four health centres, together serving around 317,000 people.
About the Wimbledon Foundation
The Wimbledon Foundation is the official charity of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and the Championships.
Established in 2013, it uses the collective strength of Wimbledon to make a positive difference to people’s lives – in the local area, across the UK, and around the world.