Training session in Kakuma

 

Distribution

Distribution in Kakuma, Turkana, Kenya

Time for the local communities in Kakuma to get to know how SOLVATTEN can help to improve health, save money and energy. The Norwegian Refugee Council conducts training session where beneficiaries gets information on the importance of hygiene and safe water to improve health. Understanding how money and time can be saved with SOLVATTEN is key to changed behavior.

 

 

Cotton made in Africa

The “Cotton made in Africa” initiative helps to improve the living conditions of African cotton farmers and their families. Solvatten founder and inventor, Petra Wadström invited keynote speaker at the conference in Köln.

Energy and water at Stockholm Water Week

The theme of this year’s Stockholm Water Week is energy and water. Energy and water scarcity are often interrelated issues that require a cross sector approach – SOLVATTEN has proven highly effective at bridging this gap. The development sector frequently assumes that fulfilling people’s water needs is simply about providing drinking water. In reality, such an approach is somewhat short-sighted – families need water for a variety of additional household activities, such as bathing, cooking, and cleaning.

This is where SOLVATTEN is such an effective tool – it absorbs energy from the sun, warming the water and making it suitable for a number of household purposes aside from drinking. Not only is this a sustainable, renewable method, but it saves users meaningful amounts of money on their energy costs. This is a key reason why SOLVATTEN is so valued by its users, and why they use it on a daily basis.

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Highly protective water treatment

SOLVATTEN belongs to an exceptionally small group of water treatment systems that can treat bacteria, viruses and parasites at highly protective levels. Chlorine and most filters for instance cannot reach the highly protective level set in WHO guidelines for safe drinking water.

SOLVATTEN offers protection for soil-transmitted helminths
Parasitic and intestinal worms affect billions of people worldwide. Soil-transmitted helminths – which include hookworm, roundworms and whipworms – have been recognized as an important public health problem in many developing countries. 

Those suffering from a hookworm infection often suffer from both nutritional deficiency and anaemia. Improving hygiene with safe, warm water is an effective way to prevent soil-transmittable diseases.

Continue reading about the relevance of safe, warm water.

Cholera prevention with UNICEF

In Uganda, it is a common sight to see women and children taking water from polluted rivers and lakes. Contaminated wells are another common water resource and, due to this lack of options, people often fall ill. People have been advised to boil water before use, but very few do it consistently. It is costly, time consuming and burning fires has many health risks. Furthermore, boiling and heating water with fuelwood depletes local vegetation resources.

UNICEF helps communities at a high risk of contracting cholera. SOLVATTEN has a positive impact on the health of those living in these communities; in addition to improving food and water hygiene, it encourages other safe practices such as regular hand washing. This is UNICEF Uganda’s second batch of SOLVATTEN, and was delivered thanks to support from NORES, Humlegarden and Axfood.

Campaigning for Safe water in Turkana

 

SOLVATTEN users in Songot, Turkana. The arid north western part of Kenya where water is scarce. People use contaminated water that they scoop up from holes in dry river beds. Water born diseases are common here.

SOLVATTEN users in Songot, Turkana -located in north western Kenya where water is scarce. People use contaminated water that is scooped up from holes dug in dry river beds. Water born diseases are common here.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Erling Persson Family Foundation, SOLVATTEN has launched a safe water campaign for Kakuma. Erling Persson was the founder of H&M and today Stefan Persson, his son, is the chairman of the family’s philanthropic foundation. The Turkana campaign aims to reach more than 100,000 people and is being implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). 

All fundraising is administered by SOLVATTEN’s Charitable Foundation. The foundation has been set up to improve the lives of people living in chronic poverty without safe water in an environmentally sustainable way. 

Join our campaign to better the lives for 100’000 people! Lets go! 
Lets go!

 

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Neglected Tropical Diseases are a group of diseases which affect billions of individuals worldwide, most of which are amongst the poorest and most vulnerable and live in areas with inadequate water and sanitation. The lack of such facilities not only imposes an immense burden on those individuals directly, but also provides a breeding ground for the numerous diseases which continue to further afflict these communities.

Almost 24% of the worlds population are infected with soil-transmitted helminth (parasite) infections worldwide. Soil-transmitted helminth infections are caused by different species of parasitic worms and they are transmitted by eggs present in human faeces, which contaminate the soil in areas where sanitation is poor. The effects are the worst for Infected children that become physically, nutritionally and cognitively impaired.

Ease the burden

Improvement in water and improved hygiene and improved sanitation provision can make the most important contribution towards better health by breaking transmission cycles, eradicating the breeding grounds for dangerous pathogens and providing the opportunity for overall economic and social development. To ease the burden and reach the most vulnerable groups effected  knowledge, methods and tools will all be needed. The Solvatten solution benefit families not only with safe water but also with warm water which is key since the best know preventional method is interpersonal hygiene.

 

WASH specialist from OXFAM on SOLVATTEN

The international NGO OXFAM has made a trial of Solvatten in the desert land of the Turkana, one of the poorest regions in Kenya. A WASH specialist from OXFAM, has provided us with two fascinating case stories about how Solvatten has transformed the lives of its users.

Solvatten field report from Tacloban

PLAN, Ninita in Leyte

In November 2013 Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines with record wind speed. A sea sludge, about 3-4 meters high was brought in with the wind that destroyed almost everything in its way. Tacloban, a city with about 400 000 residents was one of the regions that got worst hit.

Today, four months later, Tacloban is starting to recover but tens of thousands are still without a permanent home and/or source of income. The major income in this region is cocoanut palm trees of which many plantations was destroyed. For the whole region effected by the typhoon, it is estimated that about 4 million people still are without a permanent home, electricity, access to safe water, proper hygiene and sanitation facilities.

PLAN International can now through generous support of WSP Sweden, Qatar Airways, and Stockholm Business Region provide the Swedish safe, warm water solution SOLVATTEN, to mothers and their new-borns.

The systems are being used in the health facilities of Leyte and Samar and will continue to help during the time of recovery and will improve the level of resilience in the event of future challenges.

Read more in  March 2014 Newsletter.