Saris saving lives
Monica Desai explains how researchers have found a short term solution to stopping transmission of cholera: filtering water through saris
Imagine you are a young child in London--you want a drink of water. You ask your mum, who turns on the tap, fills a glass with water, and hands it to you to drink. Now imagine that you are a young child in a rural village in Bangladesh. You want some water, so you ask your mum. Bottled water is safe but far too expensive. Boiling water is also safe, but fuel is too expensive. A water pump has not been built in your village--foreign funds haven't got here yet. So mum goes to the river and fills her water container--at least it's fresh and the water is flowing. The next day you have awful diarrhoea--it's like rice water. You are getting weak and dehydrated.
Every day we turn on our taps and drink clean water without a second thought. Many parts of the world, however, are not so fortunate