Safe Water Development

MEDRIX is introducing the fourth generation of our safe water development efforts. In the summer of 2016 MEDRIX’s Vietnamese partners received 31 water treatment systems that were recently installed in rural schools and health clinics in Vietnam. These systems have been funded by MEDRIX donors who feel passionate about providing safe drinking water to children living in rural Vietnam.lifestraw water system 2016

These new-generation nano-filtration units meet American standards for drinking water established by the US EPA as well as meeting the protective-level water quality standards of the World Health Organization (WHO). These systems remove >99.99% of bacteria, >99.99% of viruses and >99.99% of parasites. The treatment systems require neither electricity nor chemicals. And, as a bonus, they are aesthetically appealing to users.

 

Why is providing safe drinking water important for school children?

Worldwide, preventable diseases are responsible for killing around 16,000 children every day. Lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene contributes significantly to that total (World Health Organization 2016).

  • Between 1990 and 2015, 2.6 billion people worldwide gained access to improved drinking water sources.
  • MEDRIX safe drinking water projects made a very, very small but significant contribution to that gain.

What is the goal for the next 15 years?

UN Sustainable Development Goals — 2016-2030

GOAL 6: ENSURE ACCESS TO WATER AND SANITATION FOR ALL

  • By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
Photo Credit: LifeStraw

Photo Credit: LifeStraw

What is MEDRIX doing to contribute to reaching the UN goal?

Training and Education about sanitation and hygiene

Training and education are an important part of the MEDRIX water program and both are necessary to ensure sustainability.

Water Treatment Equipment

MEDRIX’s goal is to provide more safe water treatment systems for school children in rural Vietnam.

What can you do to help?

Make a tax-deductible donation to MEDRIX designated for “Safe Drinking Water.”