27 October 2022

UNICEF water pumps: a source of life, health and resilience

Drinking a glass of water is a trivial routine for many, but for millions of people worldwide  accessing safe water still requires long journeys or strenuous work. In 2020, 1 in 4 people lacked access to water that was free from contamination and available when needed, and 1 in 10 people still needed to walk more than 30 minutes to collect safe…, From diesel to solar power, Motor-powered pumps can serve big communities and extract large volumes of water, eliminating or reducing the time people spend queuing or walking to collect it. In Nigeria, for example, two health facilities were desperately in need of a safe supply. At Shallow wells no more Dogon Kuka Primary Health Centre in Yobe State , a shallow well marked…, Sustainable sources of water, UNICEF Nigeria’s Water and Sanitation Manager, Michael Forson, explains that the installation of solar-powered systems in the country was the result of a decision taken years ago to move away from water pumps driven by diesel generators. “The cost to operate a supply system for a community is vital. The price of a litre of diesel can increase so…, For small communities, human-powered pumps, For small communities with up to 200 people who live no more than 200 metres from a water source, human-operated pumps, especially handpumps, may be a better solution than electric pumps. UNICEF, in collaboration with partners, drills boreholes, installs handpumps, provides spare parts and trains people in the community on how to operate and…, Early development, For almost 50 years, UNICEF has been working to promote the use of water pumps that meet the needs of local communities. In 1974, UNICEF and the Government of India recognized the need for a better hand pump than those available on the market. They were looking for an inexpensive new pump that had a simple design and was easy to use and maintain.…, Water is everything, Follow UNICEF’s installation of a brand-new hand pump and the happiness it brings to the children of Dialangou in Mali.
20 August 2021

World Water Week 2021: Meet our expert

1. Why is the theme of this year's World Water Week "Building Resilience Faster", The United Nations warns that water scarcity and drought will cause damage on the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic due to global warming. In order to seek concrete solutions to challenges related to water, the climate crisis, food security, health, biodiversity and the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, World Water Week 2021, which takes place from…, 2. From the UNICEF studies in Viet Nam, what is the current situation of water supply in Viet Nam?, Clean water, sanitation and personal hygiene are core elements of human resource development that drive Viet Nam's current and future productivity and growth. In recent years, Vietnamese government has put a lot of efforts to implement the water supply and sanitation programs with remarkable results. Following joint monitoring program WHO/UNICEF…, 3. What are the impacts of the lack of clean water on people’s lives, especially children?, Lack of access to clean water remains a major challenge affecting children in rural area of Viet Nam. A lot of scientific evidence has proven that malnutrition is directly related to poor water and sanitation. Following the National Nutrition Survey 2019, the proportion of children under 5 years of age who are stunted in the whole country is 19.6…, 4.What are UNICEF’s recommendations to the Government of Viet Nam in ensuring the right of people and children to access to clean water, especially in most climate change impact areas?, We would like to suggest that at the national level, identified priorities to accelerate water–climate action include: enhancing water governance and water productivity to manage competition between the water needs of agriculture, energy, industry, cities and ecosystems; promoting specific nature-based solutions that can curb emissions and…