Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1,5 million each year – are due to diarrhoea. As climate change and widespread drought conditions affect larger and larger areas, access to water becomes an ever-decreasing resource and the need for clean drinking water becomes an increasingly desperate need throughout Africa, especially for nomadic tribes whose only source of water is often a muddy, dung-infested waterhole.
The Kingsley Holgate Foundation’s LifeStraw® campaign, in which water purification filters are provided to communities in deeply rural areas that have unsafe, contaminated drinking water, continues to save and improve lives.
Provided by Vestergaard, LifeStraw® water filters remove 99.9% of waterborne parasites and prevent people from succumbing to diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases such as dysentery and cholera. The individual LifeStraw® units filter 1,000 litres of contaminated water, providing enough safe drinking water for one person for one year. The family-sized units each filter up to 30,000 litres of water.
To date, the Kingsley Holgate Foundation has distributed more than 46 000 individual LifeStraw units and family-size units, providing over 63 million litres of clean drinking water to communities most in need.