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Emmanuel Mashandudze

Business Intelligence, Tools and Process Specialist, Witwatersrand University

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Preventing Cholera in rural Zimbabwe - Use of empty containers as taps outside blair-toilets

I saw something fascinating in rural Zimbabwe, Because of this epidemic disease(Cholera) people have come up with a way of making sure people always have access to clean water to wash hands after using toilets and all around homesteads. In most rural setting in Africa there is no tap water and this comes in handy in the sense that all you need is an empty container with a lid. A hole is drilled on the lid and a string is made to go through it and inside the lid a knot is made. The outside string is about a meter long which is tied to a stick. The water container is suspended about 1 meter from the group and for people to just step on the stick to tilt the water container without touching the container as a result preventing any possible contamination with the water in the container. I thought this could be shared to other areas which share the same problem

Topics: Africa

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  • Apr 7 2013: Sooo sorry, you have to go through this.

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