Yashi Gautam

Yashi Gautam
Arsenic removal in groundwater
Use of low-cost Biosand filters and ceramic pot filters such as JalKalp and MatiKalp developed by Sehgal Foundation are greatly effective and promising options in providing sustainable solutions for arsenic removal in the country. Posted on 12 Aug, 2022 11:14 PM

Safe drinking water, a global concern

The safety and accessibility of drinking water is a global concern. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that 80 percent of diseases are waterborne. Contamination from the geological formations (termed geogenic contamination) is the major source of groundwater contamination.

Arsenic contamination of groundwater, a growing probelm in India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Bamboo stick handwashing station
The bamboo stick handwashing station designed by Sehgal Foundation is an extremely convenient, effective and low cost filter that can be used for handwashing anywhere and is also easy to transport from one place to another. Posted on 19 May, 2022 10:38 AM

Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are the essential components to lead a healthy life. Correct, consistent, and continuous practices of WASH behavior, particularly hand hygiene can help prevent infections and spread of diseases.

Handwashing, to prevent waterborne diseases (Image Source: Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons)
MatiKalp: A low-cost solution for safe drinking water
Low cost water filter, to improve access to safe drinking water can greatly help in improving health among vulnerable populations.
Posted on 07 Apr, 2022 11:21 AM

Poor consequences of unsafe drinking water and not following WASH behaviours are well documented. According to the World Health Organisation 1.7 billion cases of childhood diarrhoea occur globally every year.

Meenadevi driking water from the low cost filter (Image Source: Sehgal Foundation)
Sensitisation and awareness - for WASH behavior change
Simple, low cost and locally made systems for washing hands can go a long way in motivating people to adopt regular WASH practices. Posted on 05 Apr, 2022 08:43 PM

Adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene are essential components for providing basic health services, and access to safe drinking water, toilets and hand hygiene are the most critical components of WASH services. Correct, consistent, and continuous practices of WASH serve to prevent infections and spread of diseases.

WASH for health

Communicating, for WASH behaviour change (Image Source:  	Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons)
Ceramic pot filter - to make drinking water safe
The ceramic pot is a very effective and low cost water treatment technology to obtain safe and pathogen free water. Know more about how it can be used at the household level. Posted on 07 Mar, 2022 05:42 PM

One of the principal risks to public health is the lack of access to safe drinking water. The Millennium Development Goals by the World Health Organisation (WHO) focus on the target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water.

Making drinking water safe (Image: PxHere)