Mali: health centres facilitating household water treatment

The WATASOL approach has been adopted in hospitals and health centres in Mali. Chlorine production at these facilities allows them to meet their own needs as well as those of local communities. Research on the potential of WATA technology and its promotion in the home are continuing thanks to support from UNICEF and our local partners.

WATA occupies a strategic position in overall efforts to improve access to safe water in Mali. Antenna has provided over 100 WATA devices for hospitals and community health centres in the Mopti, Kayes, Segou and Bamako regions. The aim is to improve hygiene conditions and reduce the incidence of infections in hospitals. Health workers produce chlorine and distribute it in flasks to their community.

Research project for chlorine production and household water treatment

The objective of the UNICEF-backed research project is to evaluate the potential use of WATA technology on the ground in order to:

  • Lower the incidence of water-borne diseases
  • Provide a solution for disinfection (premises and wound disinfection)
  • Promote household water treatment
  • Supply chlorine to the population for a reasonable cost

After a first pilot phase (2009-2013),which was designed, to confirm the need for and interest in chlorine production and the local capacity for training health workers to become local intermediaries within their community, the focus is now on promotion, hygiene awareness, sales capacity and marketing efforts, to ensure regular purchases and daily use of chlorine by households.

Aidemet, the NGO that represents Antenna in Mali, is responsible for project monitoring and coordination. Aidemet also acts as intermediary for all WASH organisations willing to include WATA in their own programmes. They include: Solidarités International, Terre des Hommes, Handicap International and Oxfam.

Formations sans Frontières (FSF) is our local partner for training and all technical support, as well as local supply of a solar option

Beneficiaries: 50,000 people

Funding: UNICEF, Antenna Foundation

Local contact: Sergio Giani from Aidemet. Click here to contact him

Learn more: Description of research programme with UNICEF