Ahead of World Health Day, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation handed over an incinerator and a biomedical waste carrier to the Kitangili Dispensary in Kitangili ward, Shinyanga Municipality last month. These contribute to ongoing government efforts to improve citywide health care services for the municipality’s approximately 195,000 people.
With a total of 26 million shillings (US$ 11,200), SNV and SMC shared in the costs of constructing the incinerator and purchasing the waste carrier.
Incineration facility in Kitangali Shniyanga health care centre
Vehicle to facilitate safe transport of waste to incinerator
Speaking during the hand-over last 21 March 2022, Mr Olivier Germain, SNV in Tanzania’s WASH Sector Leader, thanked the Shinyanga Regional Leadership for their ongoing commitment to safe sanitation and waste management.
‘We thank the Shinyanga Regional Leadership for cooperating with SNV in implementing this sanitation project,’ said Germain. He added, we believe that this incinerator will contribute to personal and environmental hygiene at the Kitangili clinic and surrounding health care facilities, and that the biomedical waste carrier will assist in the safe transport of hospital waste to the incinerator.
Partners in safe waste management: Jomaary Satura/Shinyanga Regional Leadership (L) and Olivier Germain/SNV (R)
Stakeholders conduct ocular inspection of incinerator facility
For his part, the Director of Shinyanga Municipality Hon Jomaary Satura thanked SNV for its support noting that the incinerator adds value in redressing Shinyanga Municipality’s health and sanitation challenges.
‘SNV has been a major stakeholder in health and environmental issues within our Shinyanga Municipality. Tanzania is big, but they have chosen us in Shinyanga Municipality.’ Satura added ‘If you (SNV) have another opportunity, we ask you to continue to bring other project investments here. We want to see Shinyanga continue to be better.’
Safe waste management stakeholders committed to powering through
In Shinyanga, SNV collaborates with the Shinyanga Municipal Council (SMC) and the Shinyanga Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (SHUWASA) to accelerate sanitation improvements in the municipality’s communities, public areas, schools, and health care facilities. This collaboration is part of the WASH SDG programme supported by the Government of the Netherlands to help realise the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 6.
This article was written based on a news item prepared by Ruth-Sulla King’ori, which was first published in Kiswahili in the Tanzanian Malunde 1 blog
Photos: All event photos taken by ©Kadama Malunde
1 In Tanzania, SNV’s contributions to citywide sanitation seek to contribute to the improvement of systems. From the construction of faecal sludge treatment plants to exploring the potential of faecal sludge reuse, among others, SNV is also working with government and utility companies to train sanitation service providers and introduce/safeguard their right to occupational health and safety.
2 For more information, contact Olivier Germain, SNV WASH Sector Leader by email.