BugandaSafe Water for Uganda • Sauberes Wasser für Uganda

Found on allafrica.com An Article from New Vison (Kampala), 9 March 2008
“Halima Shaban and Fred Ouma Kampala
EVERY morning, Mama Benah, a mother of six and a resident of Ntebetebe village in Bweyogerere, makes sure her children's lunch box has juice. But with no tap water in a radius of three kilometres, she has to collect water from a nearby spring.
But with 90% of the springs in the central region declared contaminated and with one out of every six people having no access to safe water, it is important that for Mama Benah's children to remain healthy, she has to boil the water every time to prepare the juice and to protect them from water borne diseases.
With the introduction of Life Straw, a family product used to purify water, all Mama Berna's woos will be history.
The product is designed to address the need of more than one billion people who lack access to safe and clean drinking water by allowing them to have a stable and reliable source of water for home consumption.
While launching the Life Straw water purifier manufactured by Vestergaard Frandsen, a European-based company, Thomas Hansen, the company's regional director for East Africa, said the purifier comes when more than 11 million Ugandans lack access to safe and clean drinking water and water borne diseases are on the increase.
"The product is portable and user friendly. Its container is not used to store drinking water but only for instant purification.
That makes it safer than the drinking water that is stored in containers and may get contaminated. With the Life Straw, one purifies what they are going to take at the time," Hansen explained.
He says it is estimated that 4,000 children die from diseases caused by drinking unsafe water. He added that water borne diseases also reduce quality of life and perpetuate poverty by impacting education and productivity.
Hansen explained that the process of purication begins when dirty water is poured in to the pre-filter bucket at the top of the product where gravity forces the it through a tube and into the purification cartridge, which contains millions of tiny pores that remove contaminants.
Clean and safe water is then ready to flow from the attached tap. Dirt accumulated in the membranes can be released from the bottom of the device by pressing the squeeze bulb after use.
"The need for safe and clean water is especially acute for children under five and people living with HIV/AIDS as chronic diarrhea remains a lead cause of death and morbidity," Dr. Sam Okware, the commissioner for community health at the Ministry of Health said. "Products like Life Straw Family can make a huge difference."
The water and lands minister, Maria Mutagamba said: "Today, rural water coverage is about 60% and urban 70%. If we move at the same pace, we are likely to meet the urban target which is 85% by 2015 while in the rural areas the target is 75%."
Hansen says the purifier has been extensively tested in the US at the University of Arizona and complies with the US Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for microbiological purifiers. It removes 99.9% of all known bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
He says safe water interventions have vast potential to transform the lives of millions of people. "Water filtration tool not only provides safe drinking water but also has a positive health impact on the most vulnerable populations," Hansen says.
Under the Uganda Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP), government set a target of having each Ugandan access to safe drinking water by 2015.
The purifier filters about 10 litres of water an hour depending on the height at which it is hang.It will be marketed through NGOs with donor funding.
The product requires no spare parts or maintenance other than cleaning.”
We are looking forward for Sponsors to help distributing water purifieing systems in Uganda, beside the running international big projects. Every step forward in this way is a good step. The systems discribed below in the article are suitable for a quick and easy way helping people for clean water and therefore keeping them healthy.
Yet we have only the idea to do so. We need help to realize such a project in this way and bring the systems directly to the people, without great costs.
We think the LifeStraw personal and family (instant microbiological purifier) systems are suitable for an easy duplication. Fortunatly there are not individually sold, only in large quantities, therefore reaching many people who need the help. Lowest quantity is from 100 systems. In that way you can help a small community or village obtain clean water.
More information about those two systems and more, you’ll find under
http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/lifestraw-introduction.htm

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Wir suchen Sponsoren für einfache Wasseraufbereitungssysteme für Uganda, die neben den großen laufenden internationalen Projekten eine direkte Hilfe für die übrige Bevölkerung erbringen. Jeder Schritt in dieser Richtung ist ein guter Weg. Die beiden nachfolgenden Systeme eignen sich für eine schnelle und einfache Art und Weise, Menschen sauberes Wasser zu geben und damit ihrer Gesundheit zu dienen.
Im Augenblick haben wir nur die Idee in dieser Richtung etwas zu bewegen. Daher benötigen wir Hilfe jeglicher Art, um ein solches Projekt zu realisieren und die Systeme ohne Verwaltungsaufwand direkt den Menschen vor Ort zugänglich zu machen. Wir kommen aus Kawempe (Kampala) und haben hervorragende Kontakte, sodass das Handling vor Ort mögliche Hindernisse minimieren wird.
Wir denken, dass mit den beiden LifeStraw Systemen ("persönlich" und "Familie") eine einfache Duplikation möglich ist, da für die Nutzer kein technisches KnowHow notwendig ist. Glücklicherweise werden die Systeme nicht im Detail angeboten, sondern nur in größeren Stückzahlen, sodass es vielen Menschen gleichzeitig zu gute kommt, die ausnahmslos ein Anrecht auf sauberes trinkbares Wasser haben. Die kleinste Abgabemenge beginnt ab 100 Systemen und bietet damit die Gewähr, dass kleinste Gemeinschaften oder Dörfer in den Genuss von trinkbarem Wasser kommen können.
Mehr Informationen über diese beiden Systeme und anderes, finden Sie unter: http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/lifestraw-introduction.htm

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