EMF strives to help provide clean and safe and water for everyone. For 20 years EMF has identified and pioneered small-scale solutions that are innovative, practical, solution-oriented, and that will have a broad impact in the target country. In addition EMF undertakes to raise public awareness to the world's pressing water issues and promotes innovational solutions.
Water as a substance emerged in the universe some 12 billion years ago, and every molecule on earth, including the water in our bodies, dates from that time. Seventy percent of our bodies is water; 70% of the surface of the planet is water.Without water life is not possible.
Clean drinking water, good sanitation and hygiene are the basic requirements for good public health and development. About 900 million people worldwide have no access to clean drinking water and 2.6 billion people do not have adequate sanitary facilities.
In Africa on average 40% of the population do not have a supply of clean drinking water; in the rural areas the proportion is more than 50%. Most people living in Sub-Saharan Africa are exposed to diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria, dengue fever, schistosomiasis (bilharzia) and trachoma.(Data from WHO/UNICEF 2005).
These diseases are linked to a lack of clean drinking water. The Millennium Development Goals set by the Western world have set out to halve the scale of these problems. In step with the Millennium Development Goals, EMF strives to address this issue and to help realise the provision of clean water and proper sanitation for those who still have no access to these basic amenities.
EMF operates in accordance with generally accepted business principles and work closely together with the business community, NGOs and public sector.
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