Did you know? An estimated 2.3 billion people
lack access to improved sanitation – defined as facilities that hygienically
separate human excreta from human contact.
In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly
850,000 people in low- and middle-income countries die each year as a result of
inadequate clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.WHO/UNICEF 2015
African nation of Uganda, many people in rural areas and even the outskirts of
major cities rely on pit latrines or outhouses as their bathrooms. Some of these pit latrines serve individual
families or a cluster of families.
In the more rural areas they can
be used by entire communities. The excrement and contaminated water that
gathers in the pits not only produces a foul odor, but also creates a breeding
area for flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches and other insects that can infect
humans with potentially fatal illnesses.
To address this vital issue, Lonza’s Water
Treatment business based in South Africa is teaming up with the NGO Clean
Habitat Uganda to provide HTH Scientific® Pit Latrine Sanitizer Tablets for use
in treating pit latrines that serve schools, families and communities in two identified
areas of Uganda. The tablets, which are
manufactured in Lonza’s calcium hypochlorite facility in Kempton Park, Republic
of South Africa, provide multiple benefits:
Health authorities, family members and
communities will be instructed in the safe storage and use of the tablets, such
as assuring that there is some water --
such as water that had been used for washing utensils or clothes -- in the pit before any tablets are dropped
Lonza has committed to support the provision of
the HTH Scientific® Pit Latrine Sanitizer Tablets and needed financial support
for at least three years. At Lonza, we
make products that enhance the quality of life.