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Preventing Water Born Disease in Impoverished Areas PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2008

Problem:  In many impoverished areas clean drinking water is often scarce.  Health problems are rampant in areas where local citizens have no choice but to drink foul water.  The modern water filters that are capable of cleaning up contaminated water are much too expensive for the people who live in these areas.

Solution: A new low-cost easy to use personal water filter has become available that is capable of filtering out bacteria and parasites.  This filter is designed to filter over 700 liters of water, enough for one person for a year.

Below two articles have been reprinted.  The first is designed for non-technical readers.  The second article contains technical details about how this device works provided by the manufacturer.  Note that since the second article was printed the LifeStraw filtering device has gone into full production.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Jul 18, 2008 )
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Reducing Infant Mortality in the Third World PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Sunday, May 25, 2008

Problem:  In many third world counties a high percentage of infants die before they are one month old.

Solution:  In many of these culture women do not breastfeed immediately after the baby is born.  Breastfeeding within an hour of birth dramatically reduces infant mortality.

Breast Milk Is Key Weapon in Fight to Lower Africa's Child Mortality Rate
By Andy McSmith
The Independent UK

The lives of a million babies could be saved every year by the simplest and most natural remedy of them all - breast-feeding.

Field workers running a research project in remote Ghanaian villages have discovered that the surest way to keep a baby alive is for the mother to start breastfeeding within an hour of the baby being born. If the first feed from the mother's breast is delayed for even one day, they found the risk of the child dying within a month more than doubles. Early introduction to animal milk or any other substitute for mother's milk pushed the child's chance of living for a month down to barely one in 10.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Jul 18, 2008 )
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