In this episode of Futuris, we meet the African and European scientists working together to find ways to disinfect water for domestic use in remote, isolated places in Africa, using sustainable and affordable technology. The researchers say one solution could lie in a small pilot water treatment plant currently being installed in southern Mozambique. Mozambique is one of 16 sub-Saharan countries belonging to the Southern Africa Development Community. Around 40% of the community’s population has no access to safe water – that’s around 130 million people. The small town of Ressano Garcia, near the border with South Africa, illustrates the gravity and urgency of the situation. “Right now, 14,000 people live in this town, Ressano Garcia,” explains Silvestre Mario Trigo, technical manager at the Ressano Garcia water treatment plant. “Not all of them have access to drinking water. So they turn to the river. But the water in this river is not treated. So when it reaches the households, it causes diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases”. Contaminated water can also spread diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid or polio, even though in Ressano Garcia diarrhoea is the most common. The local health centre takes care of some 500 patients every day…. Read full this story
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