SODIS Update

The International SODIS Research Team gathered in South Africa this week to assess the solar disinfection research being carried out around the world. The team is working on improving the quality of water using sunlight to kill pathogens in dirty water. The aim of the SODISWATER project is to demonstrate that solar disinfection of drinking water is an effective intervention against a range of waterborne diarrheal diseases at household levels and as emergency relief in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters. The team is working to find effective ways of reducing diarrheal infections caused by unsafe water. ICROSS has been working since 1993 with the Royal College of Surgeons on Solar disinfection.

UNICEF and the WHO estimate that more than 1 billion people around the world are without year-round access to safe drinking water. Each year more than 1.5 million children under the age of 5 years die as a result of waterborne disease in Africa and Asia. Solar Disinfection (SODIS) is a technique for making contaminated drinking water safe where transparent bottles are filled with contaminated water and placed in direct sunlight. The water is safe to drink after 6 hours exposure to the sun.

For more about our SODIS work including film , news, updates, photographs and publications visit:  http://www.rcsi.ie/sodis/index.htm

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