"In 2017, nearly two billion people drink water contaminated with feces, increasing the risk of contracting diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhus and polio." The alarm was raised by the WHO, the World Health Organization, according to which contaminated drinking water kills half a million people every year and also plays an important role against many neglected tropical diseases, including intestinal worms, schistosomiasis and trachoma.
In Laos, over 80% of families have to boil water before they can drink it. Although many take this precaution, diseases caused by drinking contaminated water are still a leading cause of death for children under five. With a water filter at home, on the other hand, families can produce their own drinking water every day.
This year, over 200 filters to purify the water have been distributed in the Ban Mok Kok village thanks to the Canadian association "Adopt a Village in Laos". 25 filters were donated by No War Factory thanks to your purchases.
The filters guarantee other beneficial effects in addition to the ability to defend against diseases and fight thirst. Without the need to boil water, in fact, families can buy or collect less wood and fossil fuels, thus safeguarding the beautiful forests of Laos from further deforestation.