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THE DROP

The Drop is an eco-sanitary hand washing tap device that can save up to 70% of water.

Context

The issue of dirty hands causes mortality among children under five.

Everybody should have the opportunity to clean their hands.

It’s important to save water which have limited supplies.

Technology's description

Problems and needs identified:
In developing countries, hand washing with soap at critical moments (after using the toilet, cleaning up a child or when handling food) generally hasn’t yet fully become part of the culture. Diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory infections are therefore transmitted by unclean hands; leading to increased mortality particularly among children under five. Hand washing facilities are often inadequate or even lacking, in and around key places such as kitchens and latrines.

Arising questions:
- Are these communities fully aware of the problem?
- What attitude do they generally tend to have towards hand washing?
- What existing resources which encourage and promote hand washing do they have access to?
- How can attitudes, social behavior and limited financial resources be addressed to improve hygiene and health?

Proposed solution:
The development of The Drop, an eco-sanitary hand washing device designed as a concrete, practical solution, in light of some field observations.

Next steps of development

Promotion to the multiple economic players involved in the field of water and health.

Market application

Type of market

Any NGO

Economic and social impact

Save up to 70% of water

Technical and economic advantages

• Hygienic (self-cleaning with minimal hand contact)
• Economical (self-closing)
• Solid and easy-to-use
• Attractive (evocative “water drop” shape)
• Adaptable on plastic containers and on small water systems

Market of development


Africa

: All continent.

Europa

: All continent.

North America and Carribean

: All continent.

Oceania

: All continent.