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A turning point for manual drilling in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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A turning point for manual drilling in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A recent report from the RWSN platform describes how what began with the training of companies and NGOs active in the DRC in manual rotary / jetting drilling techniques, has enabled, in ten years, more than 650,000 people to have improved access to water in the country. BushProof organized the first training sessions on manual drilling techniques in the DRC with UNICEF, and worked on the project in different parts of the country in 2009 and 2010.

BushProof Care Homes Strategy for Infection Prevention & Control of COVID-19 in care homes cited by WHO & British Geriatric Society

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BushProof Care Homes Strategy for Infection Prevention & Control of COVID-19 in care homes cited by WHO & British Geriatric Society

Since going online on 18th April, the BushProof document Care homes strategy for Infection Prevention & Control of Covid-19 based on clear delineation of risk zones has been widely cited and discussed, and has influenced how infection prevention is being advocated and carried out in the UK. So far it made it into the following documents:

– Gordon, A.L. et al (2020) Commentary: COVID in care homes—challenges and dilemmas in healthcare delivery. Age and Ageing 2020, p.3.

– Carter, R. (2020) Covid-19: The support UK care homes need to survive. BMJ 2020; 369:m1858, p.2.

– WHO (2020) Strengthening the Health Systems Response to COVID-19. Technical guidance #6: Preventing and managing the COVID-19 pandemic across long-term care services in the WHO European Region (21 May 2020). pp.10-11. WHO, Geneva, Switzerland.

– British Geriatric Society (2020) Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes: good practice guide. p.6. Updated 2nd June.

The holding page for the document, along with other supporting documents and webinars is available here.

Care Homes Strategy for Infection Prevention & Control of Covid-19 Based on Clear Delineation of Risk Zones

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Care Homes Strategy for Infection Prevention & Control of Covid-19 Based on Clear Delineation of Risk Zones

This is a holding page for the document Care homes strategy for Infection Prevention & Control of Covid-19 based on clear delineation of risk zones.

This strategy builds upon current UK government guidance, but in addition it

  • Expands the concept of infection prevention by clear delineation of risk zones for the entire building (rather than just rooms with patients) – this type of zoning strategy is what has been proven to be very effective in previous SARS and Ebola outbreaks, and should also be effective with Coronavirus.
  • It also attempts to add some more pragmatic detail for certain elements. For example, how to practically re-purpose PPE using chlorine, and how to make chlorine dilutions.

The document is meant as a practical aid for care home managers to be able to implement effective infection control in their particular context. It is acknowledged that there will be a whole range of different types and set-ups of care home depending on the level of care required (e.g. nursing, care, sheltered housing), where each which will need a context-based response. However, the idea here is for managers to be able to use/adapt this document for their own context, yet doing so in the light of what we know about Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) through use of clear delineation of risk zones.

Training in Water Infrastructure now run as on-site session

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Training in Water Infrastructure now run as on-site session

BushProof has decided not to hold the Technical Training in Water Infrastructure in Madagascar any longer, rather we want to try to promote on-site training where it is required. This is to make it more efficient in terms of carbon emissions and our environmental impact, while bringing cost down per participant and being able to tailor the course to specific needs of the context. All the needed information are available here.

Drilled well, solar pumping system and elevated tank

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Drilled well, solar pumping system and elevated tank

We have just completed the construction of a drilled water well, a small raised water storage (2.5 m3) and installation of an efficient solar pumping system intended to supply water (3 m3/day) to a hospital in the commune of Anivorano-Est, in the East of Madagascar. We very regularly build this kind of small-scale system for various kinds of client.

Client : Chirurgia Pediatrica Solidale Onlus, Italy

BushProof balances carbon emissions

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BushProof balances carbon emissions

In light of the global climate emergency, BushProof is now taking the lead in being responsible for the carbon emissions produced by its activities. It is doing this through calculating the emissions produced, and balancing the carbon through a tree planting initiative in the UK run by Forest Carbon and certified by the Woodland Code. In the first stage, we are balancing carbon produced by travel to a training that we ran for ICRC in Kenya during October, which had 17 participants fly in from different countries as far away as the Philippines – the carbon produced from the flights and road transport for all participants and facilitators equated to 27 tonnes, which is now being balanced. Our subsequent plans are to balance carbon for every future training, as well as our annual fuel consumption from all of our drilling activities (machines and transport) in Madagascar. We hope that this can inspire action within other engineering and humanitarian organizations with large carbon footprints.

New rig in operation

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New rig in operation

We have just started to operate our new PAT drill 421 drilling rig. We now own four rigs, allowing us to drill in rotary and down-the-hole hammer up to 200 m deep, and in a maximum diameter of 12’’.

Drainage gallery

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Drainage gallery

BushProof has just started the construction of a groundwater drainage gallery in a shallow valley filled with low permeability sediments. The installation of the 20 metre long drain will help to convey groundwater in a more efficient way to a 10 metre deep abstraction well built on the side. The system will supply water to a part of the Akamasoa Centre, located east of Antananarivo.

Clients : Lumière et Vie pour Madagascar, Henri-Fraise et Fils SA, Groupe STAR Madagascar

Water in Emergency Course

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Water in Emergency Course

BushProof has just completed the third Water in Emergency Course organised with ICRC. The course is now held twice a year in Naivasha (Kenya). For this session, we had 14 motivated participants from various countries, including Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan and Madagascar.

Client: International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva

Technical Training in Water Infrastructure just completed

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Technical Training in Water Infrastructure just completed

We have just completed one session of our Technical Training in Water Infrastructure, organized in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The next session will be held from 02 to 07 of September 2019 in Antananarivo again. Application is open. Besides this, we will run two other sessions this year for ICRC staff in Nairobi, Kenya.

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