Third Prize ex aequo
Team from Africa
RURAL WATER FILTRATION KIT - IMPROVING GLOBAL HEALTH THROUGH SAFE DRINKING WATER
Water is vital for human health and well-being, and it is required for achieving sustainable development. However, water can cause devastating effects as a pathogen carrier, transmitting diseases to a large population. Water-borne diseases continue to be a global health challenge and are most prevalent in developing countries, especially in rural areas. Water-borne diseases are caused by the consumption of contaminated water containing pathogens like viruses, bacteria, parasites and protozoa, and in some instances, the water may contain heavy metals like lead, zinc and mercury, which can cause neurological illnesses.
Our project, Rural Water Filtration Kit (RUWAFIKI), seeks to develop a household water treatment kit composed of crushed moringa seeds, saw dust and filter paper. The kit also consists of other accessories, including a funnel, stirring stick, latex gloves and a user manual (in Luganda language) with visual instructions on how to use the kit. A prototype of the kit has been made containing all of the accessories and dimension. Our proposal has explored, in detail, the conditions of Makondo Parish in Uganda where we aim to first implement our solution, as the area faces many challenges related to water-borne diseases.
RUWAFIKI is an innovative solution, enabling households in Makondo to filter collected water so as to remove pathogens, improve odour and water colour, and resulting in a reduction of the burden of waterborne diseases in the area. The kit is portable, easy to use and very affordable. The project will be implemented in Makondo in cooperation with various local and international partners. Various performance tools and indicators will be used to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project in Makondo. RUWAFIKI directly supports the identified targets of the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): no poverty, good health and well-being and, clean water.