Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease in a third world country.
That’s 3.4 million people who die each year, according to the World Health Organisation. That’s more than the population of Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city.
It’s something we all take for granted in the Western world, yet in third world countries it is a luxury usually unheard of. Not only does it cause and spread diseases such as typhoid fever, hepatitis A and diarrhea, it’s also the leading cause of death in third world countries for children under the age of five.
Three hundred and thirty five million people still go without clean water access in Africa alone. And the numbers continue to grow.
So what can be done about it?
Enter the ‘Slingshot’.
The ‘Slingshot’ device that could wipe out 50 per cent of human diseases and save millions of lives each year.
It was invented by a guy named Dean Kammen and it’s said to purify any type of water – be it muddy, salty or algae ridden – by boiling, steaming and compressing the liquid.
Dean reportedly ‘set out to design a simple system that transforms any source water into safe drinking water’, and boy has he achieved it. The device is low energy, highly portable and can make any liquid that contains water drinkable.
Did someone say genius?
Not only will it save millions of lives, it will also have a huge impact on the nature of poverty. Once this device gets kicked off, it will make the invention of sliced bread look a little drab. Well, very drab.
Take a look at the video below to learn more about it.