Innovate, Save Lives, Advance our World

As we enter 2018, the humanitarian challenges of the previous year amplify, with increasing population numbers, greater impacts of climate change and frequent yet unpredictable natural disasters. The call for innovative solutions to alleviate poverty and build stronger communities grows louder each day. Recent years have seen multiple creative and...

Safe Water, Sanitation Key To Socio-Economic Transformation in Kenya

3.5 million people in Kenya were identified by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in June 2017 as urgently requiring safe drinking water. Universal access to clean and safe drinking water and basic sanitation systems are key to achieving socio-economic transformation in countries, such as Kenya. Access to clean water...

“Who Doesn’t Have a Toilet?”

Shockingly 2.4 billion people in the world do not have access to clean or safe toilets. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children. It is estimated that 50 per cent of this undernutrition is related to diarrhoea or repeated infestations of intestinal nematodes caused by unsafe...

United Nations Report on Sustainable Development Goals

Commenting on the recently published UN report on the progress of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Secretary-General António Guterres remarked that the “rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030”. This is highlighted by the rising death rates attributable to...

World Toilet Day: “toilets and jobs”

World Toilet Day, observed on 19 November, raises awareness and inspires efforts to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet and almost one billion people that practice open defecation. This year’s theme, “toilets and jobs”, focuses on the impact that sanitation, or the lack of it, can have on...

Sustainable water management in African agriculture

In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where agriculture is predominantly rainfed, farmers’ access to water is often limited based on seasonal variation. Yet water scarcity in the region is not necessarily caused by a physical lack of water, but rather by an ‘economic water scarcity’. This implies that the necessary public investments...

[Infographic] Water, sanitation and hygiene in Sub-Saharan Africa

The AIDF infographic shows that 66% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to water and only 30% have access to sanitation. Poor sanitation leads to diarrheal diseases, which are responsible for 17% of all deaths of children under five. The Uganda country study showed that over 75% of the population...

Earthquake in Nepal - 2 water treatment systems from Kärcher Futuretech in use in Kathmandu May 2015

According to information from the UN, around 4.3 million people were affected by the consequences of the two severe earthquakes in Nepal. To safeguard the population's supply of drinking water, mobile water treatment plants from Kärcher Futuretech were deployed very quickly after the first earthquake. With a 24/7 operational and...

Water Insecurity in Yemen and the Rise of Violent Conflict

Major water shortages in Yemen has meant it is now one of the most water insecure countries in the Middle East, already a region struggling to deal with drought and insufficient water supplies for a rapidly expanding population.  The consequence has been a knock on affect on food security in...

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