Tewodros Liyew, MD, Ephrem Alemayehu, MD and Biruk Teshome, MD

We Run a Large Hospital Without Water

Our hospital in southwest Ethiopia serves an area of 2.5 million people —from farming villages and tribal areas to refugees from South Sudan. Health care activities here are below standard by any measure and we face what sometimes feel like insurmountable challenges to curb these problems. But the single biggest challenge of all is water. In our hospital, because we only have clean tap water available approximately twice per week when water is trucked in, we must supplement with river water, which we know is unclean. But a hospital needs water daily and for many purposes: not only drinking but… Read More »We Run a Large Hospital Without Water