LIFESAVER technology is stocked, distributed and endorsed by Oxfam. We have been working together since 2011.
LIFESAVER consulted with Oxfam on the suitability of the LIFESAVER cube as a water filtration system as part of Oxfam's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene response and openness to innovation. This consultation involved feedback from Oxfam which led to a number of product iterations being made to the cube. We worked with Oxfam on the concept of a smaller version of the LIFESAVER jerrycan that would be more cost effective, easier to transport and more usable in an emergency response by people housed in temporary shelters or by a dispersed population group. Based on feedback from Oxfam a revised prototype of the LIFESAVER cube was produced in 2012 and the first production run was completed in early 2012 in order to supply LIFESAVER units for the Oxfam/LIFESAVER field trials. The goal suited logistical needs to reach more people per pallet of product. With 180 cubes on a pallet, 180 families can produce 900,000 litres of water.
Field trials of the cube as a water filtration unit
To assess user acceptance of the LIFESAVER cube, a programme of field trials in six locations throughout Kenya, Myanmar and Yemen was established. With a total of 350 beneficiaries, the objective was to test user acceptance exclusively in a range of different cultural settings. As a result, the LIFESAVER cube became an Oxfam stock item as part of its emergency WASH equipment held in the UK. The cube was deemed to be easy to sue and maintain. Users appreciated the water quality, instant filtering and the ability to store water dirty in a sealed container.
For more information about these field trials, read the story: Field trials of the cube as a water filtration unit
Stock, distribution and endorsement
Today, sees the LIFESAVER cube and Jerrycan both being stocked by Oxfam in their UK warehouse, ready for distribution to a humanitarian emergency within two days. Andy Bastable, the Head of Water and Sanitation at Oxfam GB states:
"We have now used it [LIFESAVER cube] as part of our humanitarian response in six countries. As it not only eliminates bacteria but viruses as well. It is particularly useful in areas where viruses, such as hepatitis E is present. In most countries people have found it very intuitive to use.
The LIFESAVER cube has become a valued item given its ability to provide a sustained, clean, sterile supply of drinking water, without the need for power, chemicals or UV light. It benefits from membrane technology and extremely low user burden, aspects critical in a humanitarian crisis. I am happy to endorse the use of the LIFESAVER cube in a humanitarian relief setting".