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TitleA handle on health
Publication TypeAudiovisual
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsIDRC -Ottawa, Ont., CA, International Development Research Centre
Paginationvideo (28 min.): VHS
Date Published1986-01-01
PublisherInternational Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Place PublishedOttawa, Ont, Canada
Keywordsappropriate technology, community participation, ethiopia, hand pumps, local production, maintenance, malaysia, philippines, safe water supply, sri lanka, thailand, women

Thousand's of people in the developing world die each day for lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. Women and children spend hours and waste energy each day in back-breaking labour, bringing home water that is often contaminated. A handle on health shows how this burden can be lifted by actively involving the community in a new approach to the delivery of safe water. The projects featured in the film demonstrated how simple durable handpumps can be designed, tested, and manufactured in developing countries with low-cost materials, providing employment opportunities and saving scarce foreign exchange. The film also shows how women, the Third World's primary drawers of water, are helping to ensure a safe, uninterrupted supply by taking control of water delivery and are maintaining and even manufacturing their own handpumps.

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