For years, global crisis incidents have been followed by action from the international humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières. When their team of medical and logistic experts arrive, it is most often following a catastrophe. An important part of their work is to establish conditions, which make it possible to relieve the local populations in the crisis struck areas. In this work, access to water in the right quality is decisive.
“More than 800,000 people die each year from diarrhoeal diseases, because of lacking access to clean water. Clean water is a decisive element to prevent and handle the spread of diseases such as cholera and diphtheria, which we are combatting in conflict torn countries,” says Jesper Brix, Director for Médecins Sans Frontières’ Danish office.
A new partnership between Médecins Sans Frontières and Grundfos relieve exactly this problem and ensures that the organisation gets access to solar powered pump solutions and expert knowledge from Grundfos, allowing their experts to establish functioning water systems and related infrastructure.
“I am very pleased that we, with this agreement, create a closer collaboration between Grundfos and Médecins Sans Frontières in the fight against waterborne diseases, which kills,” underlines Jesper Brix.
The partnership has a global starting point and focuses on ensuring access to vital water and sanitation for the local populations in the world’s crisis areas. Grundfos supplies products and technical support to Médecins Sans Frontières’ logistics organisation, who will make sure to bring the solutions in to action where necessary.
“Water is exceptionally important. Not just to our company, but to the world. Each day, we work to ensure water to human beings globally, and we are very pleased to be able to support Médecins Sans Frontières in their vital work to relieve some of the world’s large humanitarian catastrophes,” says Mads Nipper, CEO, Grundfos.
The partnership was formally initiated at a meeting at Grundfos headquarters in Bjerringbro, Denmark, on 4 June.