20 by 2020 Initiative contributes to improving water quality in Madagascar
The 20 by 2020 Initiative led by the United Arab Emirates announced it has recently installed “Save Water Cube” water filtration systems in five rural areas in Madagascar to address the problem of unavailability of potable water in this area and thus contributing to improving the quality of daily life for about 8,500 Person.
The Save Water Cube systems use technology that filters surface water, and these systems are developed by Agir ensemble, a prominent non-profit organization based in France that has reached the list of finalists for the water category in the 2019 Zayed Sustainability Prize cycle.
20 by 2020 Initiative solution for water
This innovative solution, which provides free, includes an effective and mobile water filtration technology that works to purify surface water rivers, ponds, wells, and saltwater and make it drinkable in five steps by removing viruses and bacteria that cause diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, and hepatitis. The technology enables getting 1000 liters of water per hour with no energy source or maintenance operations and without the use of any chemicals.
According to some international studies, over 58 percent of the population in Madagascar lacks access to safe drinking water, while about half of the homes there are not equipped with sanitation facilities.
In order to consolidate the legacy of the founding leader, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in humanitarian work, the initiative donates sustainable technology solutions to improve the living conditions of communities distributed within 20 countries, and these solutions are developed by innovators who were winners or candidates.
His Excellency Ahmed bin Ali Mohammad Al Sayegh, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Global Market, one of the founding bodies of the initiative, explained that the initiative in Madagascar represents a vital project that contributes to improving the quality of life and meeting basic water needs within several remote communities by providing innovative solutions. It is sustainable and contributes to making a tangible positive impact on the health and living standards.
20 by 2020 Initiative program
His Excellency affirmed that the initiative’s program is in line with the UAE‘s national sustainability agenda and its contribution to merging the legacy of the founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his inspiring vision in humanitarian work and striving to help societies improve their living conditions by employing sustainable technologies and solutions.
Minister of Energy and Hydrocarbons in Madagascar, His Excellency Fungi Andriamanga, said The Ministry and the government in Madagascar extend their thanks and gratitude to the leadership in the United Arab Emirates, the Zayed Sustainability Prize, and the partners in the initiative to provide these important solutions that make a qualitative leap in people’s lives, and we look forward to more cooperation together in more Sustainable projects.
Thousands of village residents, hospital patients, and health workers in the Vakinankaratra Region of Madagascar can now avoid many waterborne diseases and other health problems caused by contaminated water by providing new capabilities that help improve hygiene levels, which is essential given the importance of handwashing for prevention.
The initiative includes a growing group of prominent partners, which include Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Mubadala Petroleum, the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, and Masdar. The Majid Al Futtaim Group joined the initiative earlier this year to support the efforts it is making in Egypt and Jordan.