Haïti

HAÏTI : FINDING A SUITABLE STRATEGY FOR USING WATA DEVICES

Following the 2010 earthquake and the increased risk of cholera, demand for WATA devices in Haiti skyrocketed. Over 250 devices are currently being used by around 20 local and international NGOs. Because of the low stability of chlorine (which should be used within 24 hours), WATA technology is recommended for use mainly in health centres and schools

 

USE OF WATA EQUIPMENT IN HEALTH CENTERS AND SCHOOLS

 

For Antenna and Haiti’s National Directorate for Drinking Water and Sanitation (DINEPA), the future of the programme lies with health centres and schools. We have to prioritise institutions that need to be able to produce their own chlorine and will be able to use it with 24 hours after production. Staff at clinics and hospitals, as well as trained teachers, are perfect intermediaries to ensure quality of projects and water.

 

A SUITABLE MODEL FOR CHLORINE USE IN HAÏTI

 

Antenna and its partners are currently working together to design the most suitable model for chlorine use in Haiti, with the following objectives:

1. Provide a water treatment solution in rural and remote areas

2. Produce chorine for the disinfection and remediation of soil

3. Chlorinate rainwater to prevent recontamination

4. Promote hygiene in schools and provide a clean water solution for schools

5. Ensure locale availbility of reagents through their production by Mains Unies

Mains Unies and Helvetas are the two main partners in Haiti and have integrated the WTA into their safe water programme at school and health centre level.

 

Funding : Antenna Foundation

Contact Antenna : Team WATA, contact by e-mail

 

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Action Against Hunger – Haïti programme

WATASOL approach implemented by Action contre la Faim since 2009, by Mathieu Métois, ACF, December 2011