At the end of 2008 Stichting Humana sent 5.000 Sifon water filters to Zimbabwe in the fight against the severe cholera epidemic. A second shipment of approximately 3.500 filters will follow soon. As one filter can be used by two households, this project enables access to clean drinking water for nearly 90.000 Zimbabweans. This action is possible due to the donation of € 50.000 by Cordaid Mensen in nood, a Dutch NGO focused on humanitarian aid.
According to the World Health Organization the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has caused more than 2.200 victims, and it is expected that this number will increase significantly.
The filters will be distributed by DAPP Zimbabwe in two heavily affected areas: the province of Mashonaland Central and in Harare Mabvuku / Tafare. The households will receive training on proper filter use by DAPP staff members.
The filters are very effective in the fight against the epidemic as the filters clean drinking water 100% from the cholera bacteria. The filters are small hand pumps with a capacity to filter up to 60 litre per day, providing clean drinking water for 2 families. Because these filters are not available in Zimbabwe or in the surrounding countries, the cheapest option has been found in India.