An affordable and effective tool for handwashing in the absence of running water.
According to the UN, each day nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases. Diarrhea and pneumonia are the two biggest causes of child mortality globally. These deaths are largely preventable. The washing of hands with soap at critical times - after using a toilet, when cooking food or before eating - is highly effective at preventing the spread of those diseases. Unfortunately, for many families, especially those who are forcibly displaced people or refugees, running water simply isn't an option.
We work to make wash intervention products available for the most vulnerable
The washing of hands with soap at critical times - after using a toilet, when cooking food or before eating - is highly effective in preventing a number of those diseases. Unfortunately, for many families, especially those who are forcibly displaced people or refugees, running water simply isn't an option. Because adults and older children have already built-up resistance, children younger than 5 years of age are the most vulnerable.
Life-saving especially for children under-5
When introduced to communities, washing hands with soap can reduce the risk of diarrhoeal diseases by up to 47%. Handwashing by mothers and birth attendants was associated with a 40-44% reduction in neonatal mortality in a recent study in Nepal.
At SaniTap, our analysis suggests that in countries with high disease burdens such as Angola, we are able to achieve a cost per life saved of just $1,100. This is far lower than any other WASH intervention product.
Innovative functionality prevents 'second touch point' contamination and saves water
To avoid recontamination of washed hands, our unique spout design easily pulls down with just two fingers, and can be closed by a gentle upwards tap with the back of the hand. The net keeps the bar of soap conveniently near the flow of water and prevents the bar from falling on the ground or getting lost.
To minimize the use of water, important in water-scarce environments, the spout dispenses a minimal amount of water that is more than sufficient to wash hands. The device can conveniently be hung by a nail or from a stick and delivers 3 liters of water over 10 minutes - that's enough for a family of 5 to wash their hands 3 times a day.
The collapsible design enables rapid (air) shipping
The SaniTap's collapsible and light-weight design enables rapid shipping and distribution, making it the ideal product for airlifting - vital during rapid-response emergencies.
Having passed rigorous field testing, the product is robust and will serve an average family for over one year. The design includes UV protection; however for optimal durability, it is advised to keep the product out of direct sunlight, as with all plastics. The spout has been rated for ten thousand handwashing episodes.
The SaniTap's print is fully customizable and can contain messaging such as partner branding and WASH education and behavior change messaging as required.
“Most hygiene promotion stresses the importance of washing your hands with soap. But when there is no running water at home, it is impossible to put that knowledge into practice. The SaniTap solves this.” — Adriaan Mol - Founder, SaniTap
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