Burkina Faso : disinfecting health equipment in hospitals

Disinfection of health equipment : A partnership with the Ministry of Health

There is high demand for chlorine, especially for disinfection, in hospitals and health centres in Burkina Faso. There is a real advantage in producing chlorine locally given the high price of bleach, which is not always of the desired quality.

The Burkinabe Ministry of Health and Antenna put in place a partnership agreement to manage the installation and use of WATA equipment in health centres in 2010. In the initial phase, we developed devices adapted to local requirements (Midi-WATA and WATA-Plus), collaborating with a local partner on the solar power supply for the equipment. The organisations have conducted two pilot studies on the efforts, with the results of the second study being highly positive and paving the way for the scaling up of the project to the national level.

Before the pilot project, only 20% of health centres complied with at least 8 best practices in hygiene. This ratio rose to more than 90% following the completion of the first phase. Most centres also improved the quality of their disinfectant (75%).

The second pilot phase (2010-2015) consisted of the implementation of the WATA™ technology in 26 health centres. We held training and awareness sessions on the use of this technology and on good hygiene practices with local personnel. Following the completion of the second phase, the Ministry of Health issued a certificate of approval.

Given the positive results of the project, multiple partner NGOs have approached Antenna Foundation to install the WATATM technology in other health facilities.

From an economic perspective, the WATA™ technology has enabled daily savings for health centres ranging from €3 to €53 compared to previously used technologies.

A potential scale-up and discussion to widen the project’s scope to 2,000 health facilities are currently under review.

General objective : Improve hygiene conditions in health centres to decrease nosocomial infections.

Specific objectives :

  • Make sodium hypochlorite available at an affordable price and in sufficient amounts at health centres.
  • Increase the use of sodium hypochlorite for decontamination and disinfection purposes in the health environment.

Beneficiaries : 26 health centres (2011-current)

Partners : UNICEF, ICI-Santé, Expertise France, Centre Persi, Mary-Stopes, Bilada, La Fabrique, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Education, Red Cross, OXFAM, AGED, Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC), CRS, ACF, Terre des Hommes, Helvetas, 5 rural communities

Project duration : 2010-2016

Learn more (Link ?)

Watch the video on the programme to improve hygiene in health facilities in Burkina Faso (in French).