Last February, we mentioned Project H Design and Emily Pilloton’s project to provide 50 Hippo Rollers to a community in South Africa. They met the initial goal of 50 and ended up providing something like 75 Hippo Rollers. Project H Design is now working towards providing over 100 Lifestraw Family systems to a community in Mumbai, India. If you are interested in contributing to the cause, please feel free to donate at Project H Design.
The Water Situation:
Currently, more than a billion people lack access to safe drinking water and five million people die each year from water-related diarrheal disease. The need for safe and clean water is especially acute for people living with HIV and AIDs. Chronic diarrhea is a leading cause of death for people with AIDs, and it affects up to 90% of HIV patients. Further, diarrhea is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among HIV-infected children. Thankfully, products like LifeStraw® Family can make a huge difference. In a study among HIV-infected persons in Uganda, for example, the use of safe drinking water decreased diarrhea illness by 36%.
LifeStraw® Family is a point-of-use product designed to allow consumers in the developing world to create safe and healthy homemade drinking water. It’s an instant microbiological water purifier that can provide, at an average, at least 10 liters of purified water an hour and more than 10,000 liters over the product’s lifecycle-enough to provide a typical family with 1.5 years worth of clean and safe water. When used properly, it removes at least 99.9999% of all bacteria, 99.99% of all viruses, and 99.9% of parasites. It also removes dirt from water.
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