No child should have to drink dirty water

Clean water is something many people take for granted, when they’re thirsty they simply turn on a tap or open a bottle of water.   But this is not the case for an estimated 1 in 3 people around the world who lack access to safe drinking water . Many rely on water from rivers, lakes or shallow wells that can be contaminated with faecal matter,…, Global impact, To change this, UNICEF is working with industry to develop a faster and simpler test through the Rapid Water Quality Testing innovation project , which if achieved has the potential to help create a massive global impact for children. “Currently, it is difficult to run water testing programmes in remote and low-resource settings as current…, Supporting behaviour change programmes  , In many countries, a key element of UNICEF, partners and government water and sanitation programming is helping communities understand how diseases spread, says Shaylor. “It would be difficult for a team of strangers to visit a community, ask for a water sample and come back several days later and say, ‘this is what we found in your water’.…, Cutting the time in half  , In 2016, UNICEF launched a target product profile to guide and encourage industry to develop a rapid test to be deployed at the community level in remote and resource poor settings. “It’s extremely exciting,” says Shaylor. “We’re taking a piece of equipment that UNICEF has used for more than 10 years and completely redesigning the product based on…, Rapid Water Quality Testing innovation project  , Without access to clean water, children are at risk of life-threatening diseases. The Rapid Quality Water Testing project will mean more children have access to safe drinking water, ensure better health outcomes and help prevent thousands of deaths in young children each year.