We use local partners’ knowledge and expertise to ensure we support those most in need across Africa
We take a pragmatic approach. Whilst we recognise that the long term solution to the problem of access to safe water lies with the infrastructure projects carried out by major NGOs and governments, such projects are costly in terms of finance, technical skills and time to completion. The need for clean, safe water in many parts of Kenya is urgent, but neither the financial resource to carry out major works nor the political will appears to be there. We consider this urgent need can be met by using a simple, effective, low cost ultra-filter system. When coupled with training about prevention of illness through awareness of water borne disease, proper sanitation and water use, it can lead to a significant reduction in the instance of disease.
There has been little progress in providing safe water throughout large parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Maji Salama believes the lack of access to clean water not only has an adverse effect on people’s health and leads to the death of many, but it limits their achievement and has a serious adverse effect on economic well-being.Research bears this out:
For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of at least $4 is returned in increased productivity.
(Hutton, Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage, WHO, Geneva, 2012: page 4)
Hygiene promotion is the most cost effective health intervention according to the World Bank.
(Saving lives, WaterAid, 2012)
Hygienic practices such as washing hands with soap can reduce the risk of diarrhoea by 50%.
(Curtis and Cairncross, 2003; Luby, et al. 2005)”