World’s poorest people receive life changing health boost from new UV water system

A project to build a health clinic in one of the poorest areas of the world has received backing from a British manufacturer.
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Aug. 1, 2011 - PRLog -- The Kande area of Malawi, in central Africa, has become known as ‘the mortuary’ as so many people in the area die of treatable diseases and illness. Malawi is officially regarded as one of the poorest nations in the world where life expectancy is just 41 years. Rates of childbirth mortality are also amongst the world’s highest.

The Suffolk based DaRo UV Systems has now backed a project to build a new health centre in Kande, which has a population of 23,000, by providing the clinic with a state-of-the-art UV purifying system to ensure staff and patients have access to clean and bacteria free water.

Julian Cant, general manager at DaRo UV Systems, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this project and we feel our product can genuinely help to save lives in Kande. Many people in Malawi are dying of treatable illnesses and infections. Cross contamination is a real issue and it is well documented that good hand hygiene and use the clean and bacteria free water is the most effective way of preventing the spread of disease.

“The piece of equipment we have supplied is a 30w UV system and it works by killing any microorganisms in the water. UV energy penetrates the outer cell membrane, passes through the cell body and disrupts its DNA preventing reproduction. UV treatment does not alter water chemically; nothing is being added except energy. We are certain this product will help to revolutionise healthcare in this small area of Africa.”

DaRo worked closely with the Pembrokeshire based Penstar Limited, which specialises in water system installation. The company supplied kits and instructed a group of volunteers from a local community church, which travelled to Kande, how to install and use the water system.

The £40,000 clinic is being co-coordinated by VIBITAC (Vision Bible Training Accommodation Centre) an interdenominational organisation which has been working in Kande for a number of years. The clinic will be run by a small team lead by one trained medic and will offer primary health care and first aid, with the aim of reducing spread of disease and infection to reduce avoidable deaths.

For more information on DaRo UV Systems and its products go to or call 01787 370187.End

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