Thursday, September 4, 2014
Water Missions International (WMI) is mobilizing in response to the emergency situation in the Republic of Liberia caused by the Ebola epidemic. Dr. Jeff Deal, the director of health studies for WMI, traveled to Liberia on Tuesday, Aug. 19, to train hospital officials on utilizing a germ-fighting robot called TRU-D Smart UVC, which he invented to fight hospital-acquired infections.
During a status report back to WMI, Deal commented, “Three health care workers died yesterday of Ebola. On top of all of this, it is the rainy season and clinical cases of cholera have erupted, and they are having a hard time differentiating cholera from malaria from Ebola as the labs are overwhelmed with specimens. The people here really need access to safe water.”
WMI is attempting to meet the needs of the people in Liberia in response to Dr. Deal’s reports and is mobilizing to send water-treatment systems that will provide water for up to 200,000 people. That equipment includes Living Water Treatment Systems (LWTS) each capable of treating approximately 40,000 liters of water per day and providing safe drinking water for 5,000 people per day.
The LWTS is like a miniature municipal water-treatment plant unit that relies on filtration and chemical disinfection for production of safe drinking water.
WMI is working through the government of the Republic of Liberia as well as a network of in-country partners to finalize logistics, delivery and plans for transporting the systems where they are most needed.
WMI is seeking support from donors to help fund these relief efforts.