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A New Way to Clean Water in Developing Countries

According to the World Health Organization, safe drinking water is one of the world's greatest needs and a problem for more than 1 billion people. An estimated 2,000 children die each day because of diarrheal diseases. In fact, more children die from diarrhea than from HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.

Development

P&G Health Sciences Institute scientists have been researching ways to purify drinking water since 1995. Much of this work has been in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This research has led to the development and testing of an affordable and simple-to-use in-home water purification product, P&G Purifier of Water. This product visually clarifies the water and reduces pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and parasites to result in drinking water that meets World Health Organization guidelines for potability and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for microbiologic water purifiers. The World Health Organization’s guidelines for evaluating household water treatment considers P&G packets as a “protective” technology given its capabilities in killing bacteria and viruses and removing chlorine-resistant parasites.

  • Evaluation of the Role of School Children in the Promotion of Point-of-Use Water Treatment and Handwashing in Schools and Households—Nyanza Province, Western Kenya, Copyright© 2010, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
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  • International Medical Corp’s final report on The Gateway Initiative: Sensitizing Children to Promote Healthy Behaviors and Families, November 2008.
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  • World Vision’s final report on Midzemba Area Development Programme School Safe Water Project, August 2008.
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  • Africares: final report on Safe Drinking Water for Uganda, December 2008.
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  • Catholic Relief Services/Honduras final report on Use of PUR, February 2009.
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  • A New Complementary Approach for Providing Safe Drinking Water.
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  • Evaluation of a New Water Treatment for Point-of-use Household Applications to Remove Microorganisms and Arsenic from Drinking Water. Copyright© 2003, Journal of Water and Health, Vol. 1, No 2. pp. 73-84.
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  • A randomized controlled trial of household-based flocculent-disinfectant drinking water treatment for diarrhea prevention in rural Guatemala. Copyright© 2003, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
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  • Household-based treatment of drinking water with flocculant-disinfectant for preventing diarrhea in areas with turbid surface water in rural Kenya. Copyright© 2005 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
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  • Combining drinking water treatment and hand washing for diarrhea prevention, a cluster randomised controlled trial in Pakistan. Copyright© 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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  • Point-of-use water treatment and diarrhea reduction in the emergency context: an effectiveness trial in Liberia. Copyright© 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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  • Additional Research Articles.
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  • Press Release Announcing Development of P&G.
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  • P&G Product Documentation (multi-language).
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