ORISA® purifier deployed in Chad to provide clean water

To help people affected by armed conflict, an NGO has decided to deploy almost 180 ORISA® water purifiers in Chad. Around 1,000 people in villages and small communities on the isolated islands of Lake Chad have benefited from an ORISA® water filter and training to produce healthy water on their own. ORISA® water filters do not require a great deal of effort, and are easy to use, requiring only manual pumping.

Looking for a self-contained, easy-to-use device, ORISA® seemed to be the best ally for this project, which was carried out in Nahar on the island of Lake Chad to the south of Bol. These ORISA® water purifiers enabled the beneficiaries to reduce the spread of water-borne diseases that are rife in the region, such as cholera.

  • Filtration with the ORISA® water purifier in Chad

  • Distribution of ORISA® water purifier in Chad

  • Use of an ORISA® water purifier by a community in Chad

ORISA®, a reliable and sustainable solution for healthy water in Chad

In this tense context, ORISA® purifiers provide water that is free from bacteriological or viral contamination. This makes them a very useful and rapid solution for populations that do not benefit from community services such as water networks or improved water points. These may be isolated rural populations or peri-urban populations supplied from untreated and contaminated communal water sources (surface wells, cisterns, etc.). Combined with beneficiary training and monitoring activities, ORISA® is a sustainable solution for water treatment. What's more, thanks to its manual, energy-free system,there are no additional costs involved in using ORISA®.

The estimated annual cost, including initial investment and maintenance costs, is USD 16 per household. This is much lower than the cost of gallons or bottles of water, which are widely used in many countries (Asia, the Middle East, West Africa, etc.). The ORISA® purifier deployed in Chad therefore offers better-quality treatment with great economic efficiency.

ORISA® water filtration has a positive impact on beneficiaries' health

Cholera is a waterborne disease that continues to affect large numbers of people. Despite advances in medicine, there are still people suffering from chronic vomiting accompanied by diarrhoea, symptoms of this bacterial disease caused by Vibrio cholerae. They are accompanied by muscle cramps, smooth skin, a drop in blood pressure, and so on. And unfortunately, for many of them, death occurs within a few days in half the cases. This is all the more true for children and the elderly if they do not have access to medical care or rapid health assistance.

As part of the project run by the NGO behind this humanitarian action, ORISA® water purifiers are being distributed and made available to improve the living conditions of this population. This deployment has helped to improve the health situation of many households by giving them easier access to clean water over the long term. As the water is free from microbiological, bacteriological and viral contamination, the rate of water-borne diseases has been considerably reduced.

In 2023, this same NGO has decided to deploy new ORISA® water purifiers as part of an emergency response for families fleeing Sudan and relocated in Chad. A total of 680 water filters will be made available to 3,400 beneficiaries , who will then be self-sufficient and have access to healthy water anywhere, thanks to the mobility of ORISA®.

"Access to water remains a major problem. We bring autonomy to people whether they are in emergency or humanitarian development situations."

David Monnier, former humanitarian, Chairman and co-founder of Fonto de vivo, your point of contact for humanitarian programmes dedicated to access to clean water.

"Adapting filtration technologies and making them affordable for everyone's use, to meet the social and ecological challenges of our time."

Anthony Cailleau, French representative for projects in Colombia, Managing Director and co-founder of Fonto de vivo, contact for development aid and international cooperation.