Drier, Cleaner, Safer – New Hydrophobic Materials Could Save Lives

Water-borne diseases kill millions of people every year. The flow-on effects of poor sanitation and lack of access to safe drinking water can impact almost every aspect of life, from preventing children from attending school to exposing women to sexual violence when they go to collect water from distant sources. New super hydrophobic surfaces are promising to change the game in sanitation and hygiene.

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The MadiDrop: An Affordable, Easy-to-Use Water Purification Tablet

  Access to potable water is a severe and increasingly pressing issue for countries in the Global South. Due to a confluence of factors including overuse, population growth and climate change, an estimated two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas by 2025. One recent innovation that could potentially revolutionize water purification in poor, rural communities is …

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HappyTap Seeks to Drastically Improve Sanitation in Vietnam

The HappyTap is an invention developed by WaterSHED to address prevalent sanitation issues in Vietnam, specifically hand washing behavior. Sanitation related issues have been estimated to cost Vietnam 262 million dollars per year from hospital bills and productivity losses from absenteeism. Poor sanitation services and uninformed habits have contributed to a rise in diseases as urbanization packs people into cities already …

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