Did you know that 3.5 million children living in the developing world die from diarrhoea every year? Did you know that 1.1 million adults in Africa and Asia die from this disease too? These deaths are preventable and it does not take an expensive vaccine or high tech water cleaning system, all it takes is a little bit of soap on both your hands.
Handwashing is a simple act that is surprisingly neglected in both developing and developed countries especially at critical times in the time, before sitting down to eat and after using the toilet. Most villages in the developing world do not have access to a clean water supply and therefore it becomes ever more imperative to have strong hand hygiene. The tippy tap is a hands free way to wash your hands that is especially appropriate for rural areas where there is no running water. It is operated by a foot lever and thus reduces the chance for bacteria transmission as the user touches only the soap. It is a unique invention for water sanitation, hygiene and conservation as it uses only 40 millilitres of water to wash your hands as opposed to 500 millilitres using a mug. Additionally, the used “waste” water can go to plants or back into the water table.
All it takes is a few forked sticks, some string, a few nails, soap, and a container and one can have a fully functional, hygienic system of sanitation. Easily replicable, low-cost, and effective the tippy tap inspires us! Here’s a short stop motion video to show us exactly how.