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New 10th Anniversary LifeStraw Steel Water Filter Removes Bacteria and Protozoa and Reduces Chlorine, Bacteria and Bad Taste

For each LifeStraw purchased, one school child in a developing country receives safe water for an entire school year

Lausanne, Nov 2 – LifeStraw® Steel, a new LifeStraw product designed to celebrate the brand’s 10th anniversary, is now available to consumers throughout North America. The personal water filter is an advanced version of the LifeStraw filter introduced in 2005. It updates the original LifeStraw personal water filter with a sleek, durable, steel exterior and two-stage water filtration process which reduces chlorine, bad taste and odor in addition to removing bacteria and protozoa.

LifeStraw Steel is an ideal gift for outdoor enthusiasts and international travelers. It is also appreciated by socially-conscious individuals -- for each LifeStraw Steel purchased, one school child in rural  Kenya receives safe water for an entire school year.

LifeStraw Steel is lightweight and portable, weighing just four ounces and measuring eight inches long by one inch wide. In the first stage of the two-stage filtration process an activated carbon filter traps chlorine, while the second stage features hollow fiber technology to trap pathogens, and let only filtered water escape. LifeStraw Steels meets US FDA standards, is chemical free and requires no electrical power or batteries.

The launch of LifeStraw Steel coincides with the second annual mass distribution of high-volume LifeStraw Community purifiers to schools in western Kenya without access to safe water on school rounds. This distribution is made possible through LifeStraw’s program, Follow the Liters. Through this program, a portion of the revenue from each LifeStraw® consumer product sold is used to provide one school child in a developing country with safe drinking water for an entire school year.

On November 2, the same day that LifeStraw Steel was launched, this year’s Follow the Liters distribution program began in rural Kenya. Over a seven-day period, 14 teams including trained health workers, are visiting 330 schools in Kenya’s western province to distribute 2,549 LifeStraw Community water purifiers and educate students and teachers on safe water practices. Combined with last year’s distribution, more than 361,000 school aged children in the region now have sustainable access to safe water.

Vestergaard’s exclusive North American distributor, EarthEasy Sustainable Solutions, has been a valued partner in the Follow the Liters program. EarthEasy is a family owned company that provides products for environmentally sustainable living.

LifeStraw Steel is available for sale on www.lifestraw.com and will be available in retail stores throughout North America and through e-tailers. The suggested retail price of LifeStraw® Steel is $59.99.

LifeStraw’s Backstory

The first LifeStraw water filter was introduced by Vestergaard in 2005 for public health use in developing countries. The filter converts microbiologically contaminated water into safe drinking water that meets US EPA standards for water quality. Since then, the LifeStraw brand has expanded to include additional water filters and purifiers with more features (e.g., higher volume, safe water storage) for use in households, clinics and schools. In 2011, Vestergaard began selling its LifeStraw filters to consumers in North America for use in outdoor sports and recreation. Since that time, the brand has expanded the product portfolio for this market. The simple, easy-to-use, durable design that makes LifeStraw products so effective in harsh conditions is also what makes it so appealing to developed world consumers.

LifeStraw® is manufactured by Vestergaard (www.vestergaard.com), a Swiss-based global company dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged people with game-changing solutions that fight diarrheal disease, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and neglected tropical diseases. In addition to LifeStraw products, the company manufactures PermaNet, the leading long-lasting insecticidal bed net that helps prevents malaria and ZeroFly products to enhance food security.

New LifeStraw Mission is the First Gravity Powered Water Purifier to Remove Bacteria, Protozoa and Viruses from Backcountry Water

Lausanne, May 18 -- LifeStraw® Mission is a high-volume gravity powered water purifier that removes viruses in addition to bacteria and protozoa to make backcountry water safe to drink. The compact, lightweight water purifier incorporates award-winning Lifestraw® technology to transform microbiologically contaminated water into safe water. It is easy to use and maintain, making it ideal for group camping trips, group hikes and expeditions. Backcountry water purified by LifeStraw® Mission can be saved in a canteen or bottle for drinking or used for cooking and other campsite activities. 

The durable water purifier removes 99.999% of viruses including Rotavirus and Hepatitis A. Additionally LifeStraw® Mission removes 99.9999% of bacteria (E.coli, etc.) and 99.99% of protozoa (Giardia, Cryptosporidium) and it reduces turbidity (muddiness) up to 0.02 microns. With this comprehensive level of purification, LifeStraw® Mission eliminates the need for iodine or chlorine tablets to purify water and provides the additional protection of virus removal.

LifeStraw® Mission is made of a durable waterproof nylon roll bag with an integrated ultrafiltration membrane purifier. It meets the highest quality standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization, and will purify up to 18,000 liters or 4,755 gallons of water throughout its long lifetime.

Consumers can choose from a 5-liter (1.3 gallon) capacity LifeStraw® Mission purifier or a 12-liter (3.2 gallon) capacity version. With a dry weight of 13 and 15 ounces (5 and 12 liter size, respectively), these purifiers can be rolled up for easy storage in any type of backpack. 

LifeStraw® Mission is easy to use and maintain. Users simply fill the roll bag with the cleanest water available. Then they fold the top to seal it, clip the strap around a sturdy tree branch, connect the hose to the bag and allow a few minutes for clean water to start flowing from the safe water outlet.

Lifestraw® Mission uses a highly efficient method of purification that requires no chemicals, batteries or moving parts. Water poured into the roll bag moves down the tube, and into the narrow hollow fibers of the ultrafiltration membrane. Clean water exits through tiny pores in the walls of the hollow fibers, but bacteria, viruses, protozoa and other contaminants like dirt particles are trapped inside and are flushed out by backwashing.

This purifier joins all other LifeStraw® consumer products that support the LifeStraw® Follow the Liters program. Under this ongoing initiative, for each consumer purchase of a LifeStraw® product, one school child in a developing country receives safe water for an entire school year. With this ongoing commitment, consumer purchases continually support the mission of LifeStraw® --- to improve the lives of people without access to safe water.

LifeStraw® Mission is being offered in North America exclusively through leading outdoor retailer REI until July 1. The suggested retail price is $119.95 for the 5-liter version and $129.95 for the 12-liter version. In Europe, the suggested retail price for LifeStraw® Mission is 119.95 Euro for the 5-liter version and 129.95 Euro for the 12-liter version, including sales tax and VAT. For more information visit www.buylifestraw.com.

About LifeStraw

LifeStraw® (www.buylifestraw.com) was first introduced by Vestergaard as a personal water filter for public health use in 2005. Since then, the LifeStraw® brand has expanded to include additional water purifiers for use in households, clinics and schools. In 2008, Vestergaard began selling LifeStraw® directly to consumers, targeting outdoor enthusiasts. The newest product, LifeStraw® Mission, incorporates LifeStraw® ultrafiltration technology into a durable portable water purifier ideal for campers. 

About Vestergaard

Vestergaard (www.vestergaard.com) is a Swiss-based global company dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged people with game-changing solutions that fight malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal disease and neglected tropical diseases. The company is the largest producer of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets that prevent malaria under the PermaNet® brand, and its award-winning LifeStraw® water filters have been designed for individual, family and community uses.  

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Linking the World delivers LifeStraw® Community water purifiers to help avert secondary disaster in Nepal

Three days after the earthquake a massive shortage of clean water and sanitation propel Nepal toward a pandemic health crisis

Linking the World delivers LifeStraw® Community water purifiers to help avert secondary disaster in Nepal

Dallas, Texas. Thursday – April 29, 2015 — On April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu – tremors were felt across northern India and neighboring Bangladesh and Pakistan. 15,000 people are camped-out in the center of Kathmandu, a city of roughly 1 million people. There is a massive shortage of potable water and sewage systems are broken and overflowing. The health effects of poor sanitation following a disaster can linger for years. Lack of access to clean water and sewage infrastructure in Haiti ’s squalid camps following the 2010 earthquake led to a cholera outbreak that remains ongoing, killing over 8,000 and leaving thousands more sickened.

In response to the Government of Nepal ’s declaration of a state of emergency and requests for humanitarian assistance, Linking the World is proud to announce a partnership to supply LifeStraw ® Community water purifiers being delivered to community-based organizations (CBO's) who will distribute and maintain the purifiers in the affected communities. The first LifeStraw® Community units arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal over the last twenty-four hours.

“Clean water is one of the most critical post-disaster needs. The lack of clean water increases the number of affected people exponentially, especially children who are the most vulnerable to waterborne disease and infection,” said Mina Chang, Linking the World CEO. “We are immensely grateful to our proud partner LifeStraw® who arranged, through their generous donors, the donation of LifeStraw® Community water purifiers that will provide clean water for human consumption, medical needs, and search and rescue efforts.

”LifeStraw ® Community is a high-volume water purifier with built-in safe storage that converts microbiologically contaminated water into safe drinking water. Each LifeStraw ® Community purifier provides safe drinking water for up to 100 individuals per day. It ’s a vital tool for community, educational and institutional settings that don’t have access to safe water, leaving !them!at risk for diarrheal disease. LifeStraw® has been field tested in harsh environments and vigorously tested in the laboratory where it has exceeded US EPA requirements for household water treatments. LifeStraw® Family and Community also meet World Health Organization standards for the “Highly Protective” category of safe drinking water.

It is important to note that while we are responding to an immediate critical need, the long-term implications for recovery related to water safety, are nearly incalculable. Water is the building block for recovery on all levels. Historically in disasters, where a near complete destruction of supporting infrastructures (shelter, sanitation, transportation and communications) and the provision of clean water is compromised, recovery has taken decades, not years. The toll of widespread disease and death may be many times greater and the actual financial cost of recovery will grow almost exponentially.

About Linking the World

Since 1997, Linking The World has been saving and improving lives in the world's toughest places. Our network of committed humanitarians have responded to the global challenges of disaster, conflict and extreme poverty; enabling individuals, families and communities to survive crisis and build sustainable futures in forty-three countries. The mission of Linking the World is to deliver humanitarian aid that builds communities marked by self-reliance, sustainable infrastructures and lasting change.

About LifeStraw®

LifeStraw® is manufactured by Vestergaard, a Swiss-based global company dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged people with game-changing solutions that fight malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal disease and neglected tropical diseases. The company is the largest producer of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets that prevent malaria under the PermaNet® brand, and its award-winning LifeStraw® water filters have been designed for individual, family and community uses. Under the ongoing LifeStraw® Follow the Liters program, for each LifeStraw® product purchased by someone in the developed world, one school child in a developing community is provided with safe drinking water for an entire school year.

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Celebrating Innovation on World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day, Vestergaard spread the word about PermaNet 3.0 and insecticide resistance in a stand-out, easy to understand format -- a cartoon strip featuring news anchor ‘Mo Skeeter’. And for those who prefer a more scientific explanation, this infographic explaining insecticide resistance was created.

PermaNet® 3.0 Long-Lasting Insecticidal Bed Net Receives Support from World Health Oragnization's Vector Control Advisory Group

Switzerland, October 27 -- The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) published its second annual VCAG report today which includes evaluation of the supporting evidence for Vestergaard’s product claim for PermaNet® 3.0. The report states that “The manufacturers have been very careful to make a relatively modest claim that can be supported by the combined evidence from multiple studies in many areas of pyrethroid resistance”.

Lifestraw® Community Water Purifiers Rushed To School Where Contaminated Water Caused Students To Contract Typhoid Fever

 

15 MARCH, VIHIGA COUNTY, WESTERN KENYA --The Ministry of Health in Vihiga Sub-County confirmed an outbreak of typhoid fever at Kisingilu Primary School in Dabwongo. The school's water source was tested and found to have high levels of e-coli and other bacteria. Twenty students at the school tested positive for tyhphoid fever, while an additional 42 were sick and sent home from school. Vestergaard, the manufacturer of LifeStraw® Community water purifiers, rushed to deliver six high-volume purifiers to the school on Friday, 13 March, enough to serve the entire student body for several years. The purifiers were made possible by funds raised through the U.S.-based not-for-profit Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF).

LifeStraw® Community is a high-volume point-of-use water purifier with built-in safe storage that converts contaminated water into safe drinking water. It's made of durable plastic, is chemical free, and doesn't require electrical power or batteries. It removes 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.999% of viruses and 99.99% of protozoa, and reduces turbidity (muddiness). Each can purify between 70,000 -100,000 liters of water, enough to serve community settings for several years.

Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness caused by water contaminated with the bacterium Salmonella
Typhi. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with typhoid usually have a sustained fever as high as 103° to 104° F. They may also feel weak, or have stomach pains, headache, or loss of appetite. Most cases of typhoid fever can be treated with antibiotics.

The typhoid outbreak in Dabwongo village was first noticed by the head teacher at Kisingulu school, after many students were staying home sick. The local Ministry of Health visited the school and village on 19 February and confirmed an outbreak of typhoid. The Ministry tested the school's water source which is shared by the village. They also surveyed homes of the sick children and found that 94 percent of the 70 households surveyed were purifying their water: 70 percent use LifeStraw® Family 1.0 (household) purifiers, 23 percent use another water purification technique. The problem seemed to come from the lack of water treatment in the school.

On 10 March, the sub-county public health office called a meeting of local stakeholders. Sub-County Public Health Officer Kennedy Otiende stated, "I have been involved in this since the outbreak when I
was alerted and I ensured tests were done to show what the problem was. I encourage everyone to use LifeStraw or other water treatment at home to prevent getting sick. Purified water should be used for drinking, washing hands, fruits and vegetables. I am ready to work with the community to fight this situation."

Vestergaard rushed to secure six LifeStraw® Community water purifiers, which company representatives set up in the school on Friday, 13 March. School staff and students were taught about safe water practices and how to use and maintain the purifiers. "Our partnership with CELF and our ongoing presence in western Kenya enabled us to respond rapidly to this outbreak. We're so happy to be able to provide a solution that will not only address the outbreak, but will also help to keep these school children healthy over the long term," Steve Otieno, Kenya–Country Director at Vestergaard told the group. He also thanked CELF for the rapid allocation of funds to pay for the purifiers.

Alex Odanga, a student at the school noted that "the water we have been taking was very dirty. Some pupils got sick and were taken to the hospital, some are still there. Because of this, parents are using money to buy medicine. I am happy that now we have the LifeStraw® Community, we will take safe water and have good health. Parents will not use money on medicine," he added.

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About Vestergaard

LifeStraw® is manufactured by Vestergaard (vestergaard.com), a Swiss-based global company dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged people with game-changing solutions that fight malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal disease and neglected tropical diseases. The company is the largest producer of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets that prevent malaria under the PermaNet® brand, and its award-winning LifeStraw® water filters have been designed for individual, family and community uses. Under the ongoing LifeStraw® Follow the Liters program, for each LifeStraw® product purchased by someone in the developed world, one school child in a developing community is provided with
safe drinking water for an entire school year.

About the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF)

CELF is a not-for-profit organization that provides programs in Education for Sustainability for U.S. schools. In 2013 CELF established an educational fundraising platform for high school students, "CELF Student Ambassadors" to learn about the global freshwater crisis and to provide LifeStraw® Community
purifiers for schools in developing communities. The contributions to CELF's "100 schools" campaign have come from a variety of school fundraisers across the world. CELF has raised enough money to purchase and distribute 58 LifeStraw® Community purifiers which are providing safe water to more than 4,000 school children in Kenya and Haiti. The campaign is ongoing and more information can
be found at http://celfeducation.org/lifestrawdonation.html.

Link to photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yz5w2ur1kaq07kj/AADJqZBsbu1wejqKt3VkRza4a?dl=0

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37 Million LifeStraw® Filters Contribute to the Near Eradication of Guinea Worm Disease

New Museum Exhibition, “Countdown to Zero” Defeating Disease,” Tracks Progress

37 Million LifeStraw® Filters Contribute to the Near Eradication of Guinea Worm Disease

In 1986, an estimated 3.5 million people in 21 countries in Africa and Asia suffered from the highly debilitating Guinea worm disease. In 2014, there were only 126 cases in four countries. This puts Guinea worm disease on track to be only the second human disease in history, after smallpox, to be eradicated. It will be the first to be eliminated without the use of a vaccine.

There is no vaccination or treatment for Guinea worm disease, yet much work has been done to prevent it by providing access to safe drinking water and education. The Carter Center has led the effort through its Guinea Worm Eradication Programme. In 1996, Vestergaard began working with the Center and since that time, more more than 37 million LifeStraw® Guinea worm pipe and cloth filters have been provided to help fight Guinea worm disease.

In January 2014, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, opened a new exhibit: "Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease." Launched in collaboration with the Carter Center, the exhibition tracks the progress to eliminate Guinea worm and other devastating diseases.

Learn more about progress against Guinea Worm disease.

Learn more about the Countdown to Zero exhibition.

Give the Gift of Environmental Sustainability

LifeStraw® Carbon Credits reduce CO2 emissions and provide safe water to rural Kenyans

Lausanne, December 3 -- LifeStraw® Carbon Credits offer a memorable holiday gift for environmentally-conscious people. Each credit, which can be purchased for $12.95, reduces one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the atmosphere. Additionally, each credit contributes to the
provision of safe water for one family in Kenya.

LifeStraw® Water Filters Give the Gift of Safe Drinking Water to Outdoor Enthusiasts and for Emergency Preparedness Kits

With each LifeStraw® purchase, one school child in Africa receives safe drinking water for an entire year

25 November 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland – Two new water purifying products make ideal holiday gifts for outdoor enthusiasts or for emergency preparedness kits. LifeStraw® Go is a refillable water bottle that transforms dirty water from a river or other unsafe source into safe drinking water. LifeStraw® Family 1.0 is a high-volume water purifier for camping trips or to include in emergency preparedness kits. For each consumer purchase of any LifeStraw® product, one school child in Africa is provided with safe water for an entire school year.

LifeStraw® Follow the Liters Program Harnesses the Collective Power of Individual Consumers to Impact the Global Water Crisis

Program’s first stop in Kenya targets over 125,000 school children to receive more than 23 million liters of safe water a year

October 15, 2014, Kakamega, Kenya -- Vestergaard, a global company dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged people, launched its LifeStraw® Follow the Liters program in Kenya this month. As part of this program, high-volume LifeStraw® Community water purifiers have been distributed to provide more than 23 million liters of safe water a year to over 125,000 school children throughout Kenya’s western province.

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