25 January 2013

Senegal: 1,800 to Benefit From Water Purifiers

Kaolack — The campaign initiated in these past 12 months by the Catholic Spanish organization Manos Unidas La salud, derecho de todos: ¡Actua! (Joined hands for health, everyone's right: Act!) is about to end. The organization has been busy around the globe, in efforts to cope with diseases that particularly affect the most vulnerable populations.

Among the maladies dealt with are leprosy, AIDS, tuberculosis, Chagas disease, premature birth and disability. The campaign ends in Senegal in Kaolack region where two purifiers for highly calcareous water were implanted in the area to curb various health problems. In this region more than half of the wells distribute water which is high in fluorine and salt which, besides having an unpleasant taste, causes disorders in particular to children, such as dental fluorosis, brown staining of the teeth, as well as bone fluorosis.

The two purifiers were inaugurated in the mission of Keur Mariama, in Kaolack, one of the most affected regions in Senegal by drought, where the high salinity of the water does not benefit the people who widely practice agriculture and cattle breeding.

For more than 7 years the Discalced Carmelites, in the parish of Keur Mariama have been working in the area, seeking solutions to the water problem. After the first technical interventions, they managed to channel the water in 8 villages, and then went ahead in the research with the University of Cheickh Anta Diop, in Dakar, and other international agencies.

Digging deeper they were able to achieve better water quality. 1,800 people will directly benefit from the water purifying units that were installed in the month of October 2012.

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