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Worlds First Carbon-Financed Sustainable Water Programme


Swiss disease control technology company Vestergaard Frandsen earns Gold Standard carbon credits with innovative business model that tackles global health, water and climate challenges.

Vestergaard Frandsen’s LifeStraw® Carbon For Water programme has become the world’s first safe water project to generate Gold Standard Voluntary Emissions Reduction (VER) credits, and has earned 1.4 million carbon credits.

LifeStraw® Carbon For Water is a cutting-edge demonstration of how carbon finance can enable, at scale, some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities to treat their water through the provision of zero-carbon purification technology. Proceeds from the sale of the credits, which Vestergaard Frandsen expects will be issued on a semi-annual basis, will help to sustain the programme over the course of a decade.

Vestergaard Frandsen Sponsors School in Nairobi’s Kibera Slum

Vestergaard Frandsen Sponsors School in Nairobi’s Kibera Slum

Company Teams With Danish Handball Pros to Bring Stability andExercise Opportunities to Disadvantaged Kenyan Schoolchildren

21 December 2011, NAIROBI, KENYA—Earlier this month Vestergaard Frandsen joined with Danish professional handball players to support the Mashimoni Primary and Secondary Schools, located in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, one of the world’s largest. While members of Handball DK will teach students the sport of handball and provide them with equipment, Vestergaard Frandsen’s donation of US $30,000 will pay for all school-related costs for one year, including uniforms, lunches, and fees.

New Research Center Opens in Ghana

New Infectious Disease Laboratory Will Significantly Advance Health Research on Malaria and Waterborne Diseases for West Africans

New Research Center Opens in Ghana

New Research Centre Represents an Important Investment in African Medical Research

ACCRA, GHANA—An important public-private partnership between Vestergaard Frandsen, a European company working in public health, and the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research (NMIMR) at the University of Ghana resulted today in the opening of a new Research Centre at the University of Ghana. Scientists at the new facility will conduct research and share knowledge leading to infectious disease control solutions in West Africa and beyond.

LifeStraw® Available for Retail Sale in US and Canada


Partners Eartheasy and Green Beetle Now Selling Lightweight Filter with Innovative Technology Offering Safe Drinking Water Away From Home and in Emergencies

NEW YORK – The award-winning LifeStraw® personal water filter is now available to consumers in the U.S. and Canada for the first time. The portable filter—used since 2005 amid harsh conditions in developing countries—removes bacteria and parasites from water, and is ideal for outdoor activities, overseas travel, and emergency preparedness.

Vestergaard Frandsen Donates Hundreds of PermaNet® Bed Nets to Cameroon’s Nationwide Anti-Malaria Effort

Vestergaard Frandsen Donates Hundreds of PermaNet® Bed Nets to Cameroon’s Nationwide Anti-Malaria Effort

Effort Supports UN Foundation’s ‘Nothing But Nets’ Campaign

08 September 2011, NEW YORK—Vestergaard Frandsen, the world’s largest producer of anti-malaria bed nets, has donated 500 of its PermaNet® nets to the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to support the first-ever nationwide bed net distribution in Cameroon.

LifeStraw® Carbon For Water Program Launched in Kenya


The Carbon Financed Project Will Provide Safe Drinking Water for 10 Years and Presents an Innovative Way to Reduce More Than Two Million Tons of Carbon Emissions Annually

Kakamega, Kenya, April 26 – Nearly 900,000 LifeStraw® Family water filters will be installed in almost all households in the Western Province of Kenya beginning on 26 April.  The province-wide, door-to-door, free distribution program will last almost six weeks and reach about 90 percent of all homes without access to safe municipal water sources.  It will provide point-of-use water filtration for Kenyan residents for at least 10 years and do so without any cost to local residents, governmental agencies or donor groups.

Women Deliver and VF Announce Competition for Women Bloggers

Women Deliver and Vestergaard Frandsen Announce Competition for Women Bloggers

“Women Bloggers Deliver” will award two female bloggers with a trip to Kenya to learn about clean water and women in development.

6 April 2011, New York – Women Deliver, in partnership with Vestergaard Frandsen, announced today the launch of “Women Bloggers Deliver,” a competition that will send two female bloggers on a trip to Kakamega, Kenya to observe a unique public health campaign with a climate change component that will provide millions of girls and women with access to safe and clean drinking water. The winning bloggers will accompany community workers as they distribute LifeStraw® Family water filters to almost a million households, and watch as families and communities are transformed by this important public health intervention.

LifeStraw® and World Water Day "Play Day" in Peru


Innovative LifeStraw® Water Purifier Addresses Need Faced by Seventy-four Per Cent of Rural Peruvians Who Lack Access to Clean Water

San Mateo, Peru, March 18, 2011 -- Children in the rural village of San Mateo outside of Lima will get a potentially lifesaving gift for World Water Day.  Each child will receive a personal water filter called a LifeStraw® to improve the quality of water they consume in the home and at school. They will also be given proper education on how to avoid water-borne disease.

VF and Miss Universe 2010 Team-Up to Distribute 1,000 CarePack®

VF and Ms. Jimena Navarrete, Miss Universe 2010, Team-Up to Distribute 1,000 CarePack® to Meet Needs of HIV Positive Indians

VF and Miss Universe 2010 Team-Up to Distribute 1,000 CarePack®

Delhi, India—Responding to the health and medical needs of India’s HIV positive community, Vestergaard Frandsen India and Miss Universe 2010, Ms. Jimena Navarrete of Mexico, teamed-up today to jointly distribute 1,000 donated CarePack® integrated prevention kits containing PermaNet® bed nets to prevent malaria, LifeStraw® water filters to prevent diarrheal disease and condoms to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

LifeStraw Zambia Study Shows Health Impact for HIV+ Mothers

New Study Shows That Advanced Water Filters and Safe Storage in Households with HIV Positive Mothers Reduces Prevalence of Diarrhea by More Than Half

LifeStraw Zambia Study Shows Health Impact for HIV+ Mothers

New York, NY, 18 October — A new field study in Zambia assessed the impact of water filtration and safe storage in households with HIV positive mothers.  Households were randomly assigned to intervention and control groups and followed for one year to assess filter use, drinking water quality and diarrheal disease.  Results, published in PLOS ONE this month, found that this intervention resulted in a 53 percent reduction of diarrhea among children under two years and a 54 percent reduction among all household members.

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