Mali: health centres facilitate household water treatment

In Mali, the WATASOL approach has been adopted in hospitals and health centres. Chlorine production at these facilities allows them to meet their own needs as well as those of local communities. Research on the potential of WATA technology and its promotion in the home are continuing thanks to support from UNICEF and our local partners.

The WATA holds a strategic position in overall efforts to improve access to safe water in Mali. Antenna has provided over 100 WATA devices for hospitals and community health centres in the Mopti, Kayes, Segou and Bamako regions. The aim is to improve hygiene conditions and reduce the incidence of infections in hospitals. Health agents produce chlorine and disseminate it in flask to their community.

Research project for chlorine production and household water treatment

The objective of the UNICEF-backed research project is to evaluate the potential use of WATA technology on the ground in order to:

  • Lower the incidence of waterborne diseases
  • Provide a solution for disinfection (premises and wound disinfection)
  • Promote household water treatment
  • Supply chlorine to the population for a reasonable cost

After a first pilot phase (2009-2013) meant to confirm the need and interest of chlorine production and local capacity to train health agents so as to have them becoming local intermediaries among their community, focus is now on promotion, hygiene awareness, sales capacity and marketing efforts to ensure regular purchase and daily use of chlorine at household level.

Aidemet, the NGO that represents Antenna in Mali, is responsible for monitoring and coordination of projects. Aidemet also acts as intermediary for all WASH organisations willing to include WATA into their own programmes. Among them : Solidarités International, Terre des Hommes, Handicap International et Oxfam.

Formations sans Frontières (FSF) is our local partner for training and all technical support, as well as local supply of solar option

Beneficiaries : 50 000 people

Funding : UNICEF, Antenna Foundation

Contact local : Sergio Giani from Aidemet. Click here to contact him

Learn more : Descriptive of research programme with UNICEF