This field report describes the work of WaterHealth India (WHI), in organising safe drinking water using low-cost water purification units, in several villages of Andhra Pradesh. The work was taken up with financial support from IFMR Trust.
Vinjinampadu village in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, is one of the villages where WHI worked to establish the unit. The village had lacked potable water supply, because of which its people suffered from a range of water-borne diseases. The situation was similar in many of the other villages in which WHI initiated this work.
The primary features of this initiative/model in terms of the type of partnership, cost effectiveness and sustainability, feasibility, acceptability with the community, the process of implementation of the initiative in the villages and its impact in terms of health of the units' users, have been detailed in the report.
IFMR and WHI expect to set up about 22o such units in the rest of Andhra Pradesh (as of 2009), aiming to impact 20 lakh people.
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