This project which was an 18-month pilot started in March 2013 and was collaboration between AAH Kenya and the Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine in India (I-AIM). The project was supported by a CAD 100,000 grant from Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), which was funded by the Government of Canada and was dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact in global health. Every year, an estimated 2.2 million people die globally from preventable disease caused by consuming unsafe water. I-AIM patented the design, based on the traditional Indian traditional Indian practice of storing water in copper pots.
The project is testing a water purification copper-coil device aimed at reducing the bacterial load in household drinking water and thus deaths among urban low-income communities that have difficulties obtaining water for their daily needs, resorting to using water from unreliable sources.
In Kenya, the project is working with 250 households in two urban low-income settlements in Kayole (the test site) and Kitengela (the control site). I-AIM is carrying out complementary research in villages near Bangalore, India.