WHO provides assistance for reconstruction of water supply system to district hospital in Tajikistan

As part of a wider project to protect health from climate change, the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan is supporting efforts to ensure safe water supplies to hospitals. This work is being carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the State Sanitary Epidemiological Surveillance Service (SSESS), and with financial support from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). 

Among the WHO-supported activities is development of a water safety plan for hospitals. A pilot plan for Rudaki Central District Hospital (CDH) was developed in 2010 by WHO consultant and plumbing expert Mr Richard Prospal (of the World Plumber Council, USA). The aim was to determine the quality and sanitary conditions of the water supply to patients, as well as to investigate the freezing of piping systems within the hospital during the winter.

In accordance with the consultant's recommendations, construction and repair work has now been carried out in the Rudaki CDH, including replacement of the old pipeline system for groundwater use and installation of an external sewage system.

Safe water key to protecting public health

According to the 2010 assessment report, approximately 55.2% of the population in Tajikistan (92% urban and 48% rural) has access to clean drinking water and hygiene, and only 51% (98% urban and 45% rural) has access to sanitation.

Within the seven-country initiative to protect health from climate change funded by BMU, WHO/Europe will continue to work jointly with the Tajikistan Ministry of Health and SSESS to improve the population's access to safe drinking water. This objective is key to achieving better public health and to strengthening the health system as a whole.