The Watasol Approach For A Sustainable Access To Safe Water


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GRF 2nd One Health Summit 2013: Presentation by Reyna Robles, Antenna Technologies

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The Watasol Approach For A Sustainable Access To Safe Water

  1. 1. Antenna Technologies We work to reduce poverty and health problems in developing countries by providing innovation and technology to “Bottom of the Pyramid” populations  Research & Development of appropriate technologies  Dissemination of these technologies in developing countries with the help of our partners When research focuses on the most essential needs
  2. 2. Areas of research  Fight against malnutrition  Access to drinking water  Irrigation techniques & Biofertilizers  North-south collaborative medical research  Microcredit financing  Off-Grid lighting systems
  3. 3. Sustainable access to safe water
  4. 4. Solution => Wata Technology Chlorination is the most secure, effective and cheapest option (WHO, 2008). => Reliable technique, killing 99% pathogens (WHO, 2004) Principle Production of sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) through electrolysis of saline water 1 litre H2 O 1 litre + + 1 hour Active chlorine at 6 g/l
  5. 5. What you can do with WATA? Water purification • Small communities • Refugee camps • Hospitals • Large NGOs • Local NGOs • Agriculture • Farms Disinfection & sanitation • Hospitals • Health centres • CTC (Cholera treatment centre) • Hand washing • Food safety (washing vegetables…) • Wound care (Dakin)
  6. 6. Range of WATA devices Mini Wata: Safe drinking water per day 1,000 people 1 l NaCIO WATA: 6,000 people 6 l NaCIO Maxi-WATA : 125,000 people Key figures 125 l NaCIO  1 l chlorine = 4000 l clean water = 1 000 people get drinking water for 1 day  0.10€ = Production cost for 1 l of active chlorine  Partners already using WATA: Caritas, Helvetas, UNICEF, ICRC, Oxfam, ACF, Swiss Humanitarian Aid, Terre des Hommes, Solidarités Intl…
  7. 7. How? => WATASOL APPROACH WATASOL integrates health and hygiene education, sanitation, training and the local production of chlorine within a sustainable supply chain, making safe water treatment a profitable activity. Two main aspects : Technology Dissemination approach
  8. 8. Dissemination approach Sustainable business options with WATASOL Selling water or chlorine through water kiosks Selling chlorine door-to-door Selling water through mobile water vendors Selling chlorine services
  9. 9. Dissemination channels Social marketing in schools Health centres NGO’s & Women groups 9
  10. 10. Watasol in Mali Ongoing project : With UNICEF support, assess the potential of various dissemination options and chlorine promotion at household level in three contexts:  Region of Kayes (10 health centres, 2 women groups and 1 school)  Mopti region (10 health centres, 6 SHVA)  Segou (15 chlorination agents)
  11. 11. Watasol in Guinea Success story: Started in response to a cholera outbreak in 2008. Now Tinkisso-Antenna is working with the Guinean Ministry of Health to extend the production and distribution of chlorine flasks throughout the entire national territory. - Hospitals and 45 healthcare centres - Marketplaces - Door-to-door (sale and advice) - Pharmacies - Mosques Impact: 560,000 beneficiaries
  12. 12. Safe Water programme Location of intervention: Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bolivia, Haiti and Kenya Overall objective of Safe Water: 1) Create a market through social marketing and education of pupils in our school programme 2) Create distribution chains through viable business models 3) Lobbying with competent authorities in order to influence and facilitate access and delivery to safe water Specifics objectives:  Set up methodologies of implementation, follow-up and evaluation  Document and capitalize experiences  Prepare a scaling-up phase at regional and national level based on know-how and lessons-learned
  13. 13. WATA in the world 2’750 WATA devices in 30 countries 30 millions potential safe water consumers 15 WATASOL programmes Base 70% / 4h = 11 mio beneficiaries
  14. 14. Why WATA?  Simple and robust  Only needs salt, water and electricity  Works with power supply and/or solar panel  Low cost of chlorine concentrate (0.10€/l)  Multiple uses of chlorine  Quality control (WataTest / WataBlue)  Users are independent from external supply  Sustainable business approach  Creates employment
  15. 15. Conclusion o WATA technology needs to be implemented and used as a part of a defined programme in order to be successful – WATASOL approach o Antenna promotes WATASOL and works in partnership with other organisations that provide different solutions like filters, SODIS method… o Almost 10 years of successful field experience 11 mio beneficiaries up to date, should also be considered as convincing evidence o Awareness & recognition of WATA to fight waterborne diseases and give access to safe water still needs to be improved among large organisations Help of any kind (scientific, technical, financial, political,…) is always very welcome!
  16. 16. Research for BOP communities, we should ALL get involved! THANK YOU