Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Simple, cheap,effective water disinfection by SODIS method.

Flood relief:Solar Disinfection of Water

Take normal used mineral water bottle,remove label,wash it with whatever contaminated water that is available,fill it with contaminated water,cap the bottle,put the bottle under sun for six hours,water is disinfected.Drink it as it is or after letting it cool a bit.

Too simple and too good to be true.But it is true.I have myself done it and got it tested.My wife Dr.Meher who is a qualified and experienced physician has checked it and approves it.It is a WHO/UNICEF approved method of disinfecting water being used normally by the poor in about 30 countries of Asia,Africa and Latin America ,including India, Indonesia and Brazil.By now millions of users are using it normally and routinely.Discovered rather late in 1980s,the process is being developed and marketed by a water research institute based in Switzerland called SODIS/AWEAG.The reader can go to their website or Wiki for verifying what I am saying and getting more details about it.

The disinfecting quality of sunlight has been widely known in our society for long.Old stored clothes are usually put in sunlight by mothers and grannies for removing odour and possible infections.Scientific basis of the efficacy and working of sunlight for water disinfection is now well established through research.Ultra-violet rays of certain wave length have been known to have disinfectant qualities.UV(320-450 nm) kills and immobilizes pathogens.UV disinfection system have been in the market for quite some time now and are a standard equipment but may cost a lot of money.Sun has the same UV light in the same required wavelength and it is free.

We need it today more than any body else.Water purification tablets and mineral water is being supplied.There are 20 million people who have been affected ,which is more than a whole country population of many countries.We are falling short of such supplies and should start popularising the solar method.A lot of used mineral water bottles should already be available in the system,as these have been supplied to the victims.Volunteers can collect such bottles from restaurants,hotels and clubs.Even new unfilled bottles can be procured .There is enough capacity in the country.

The need of the hour is that the media spread the word.Universities,volunteers and NGO get familiarized themselves and offer training and demonstration to the flood victims.Provincial and local governments and NDMA should adopt this method and popularize it among flood victims.Time is too short.Many flood victims are drinking contaminated water.Disease and death may follow, on a hitherto unknown scale,however used to we may have become to it.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rally Pakistan : a good platform for Pakistani community.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Disaster Preparedness for families.

Recently a cyclone known as PHET was to hit Karachi. It was considered a major threat as categorized in category 6 initially. There was a lot of anxiety especially amongst children who repeatedly asked questions in event of a direct hit. The American Red Cross has a link for families to develop a tool kit for emergency disaster relief. I think all families should develop this with their kids as it gives them a sense of control, preparedness and also make them more proactive towards handling calamities and disaster challenges. Maybe the information will help all kids to understand the many kinds of natural disasters and prepare in advance. Please pass this information in your neighborhood, family, friends and all your e mail and other contacts for better help.
Actress Simone has prepared the presentation . Please watch and develop.
 http://www.clorox.com/pdf/adventures_in_being_prepared.pdf/ or go to

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

All about Skin Care.


Skin is the largest organ that covers the human body. It has multiple functions like protection,respiration etc. It is the most dynamic of organs with continued renewal involving cells, hormones, enzymes, fluids. Millions of bacteria and micro-organisms inhabit it. It needs to be taken care of. The above mentioned website provides very informative articles and links on Skin.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ask me a question about health.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

What Is Autism and Its Spectrum disorders.

It is essential that there is early detection of Autism and its Spectrum Disorders. Early detection helps in early interventions. Structured learning really helps the child to really improve. See Cathy's story where suddenly she found a way to express her self through her computer and a whole new world opened to her and autism world opened to us.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Choose Safe and Authentic Websites for Information On Teen Reproductive Health.

As a large population in the world is women in their teens in all the continents, and especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America, face an overwhelming health problems as they may be married or are forced into reproduction. It is imperative that the health providers and supporters such as parents, friends, health teachers and even friends also have correct information about reproductive health. This video gives the correct information about this and the websites linked also give the required information.