In 2013, InStove began its work in Zambia at the Ndola-based facilities of Seeds of Hope International Partnerships (SoHIP) a US-based nonprofit operating in Zambia. There, InStove tested its final-generation prototype water pasteurizer. The trials were a huge success, and InStove is moving forward with plans to bring the pasteurizer system into full production and install the first two production models in the village outside Ndola where we tested our prototypes. When finished, these systems will be able to produce over 3,000 gallons of water (over 12,000 liters) per day, sufficient to meet the potable water needs of thousands. The successful installation of these systems and implementation of a delivery method will provide us with a model—envisioned as a locally-run micro-business—replicable anywhere in the world.
SoHIP has invited InStove back for further collaboration in their sanitation and community health initiatives.
In 2014, InStove will send several autoclave systems to the Churches and Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) for pilot projects in rural hospitals and clinics. Our systems, designed to work off-the-grid, can provide sterilization of medical instruments, and a method for safe disposal of bio-hazardous waste, in areas where electricity is unreliable and “modern” fuels are scarce or unavailable. This opportunity could pave the way for a massive expansion of demand for this technology, and the saving of untold lives in the country.
InStove's introduction to Zambia began in January 2013 when Kirk Schauer, Executive Director of SoHIP, attended our winter stove camp. An international advocate and expert in clean water and sanitation systems, when Kirk learned about our mission and technologies, he invited us to use the SoHIP, Zambia facilities, including water quality lab, to field-test our pasteurizer in the conditions where it will one day be used.
InStove board member Dr. Nathan Kemalyan had done volunteer work in Zambia as a visiting burn surgeon. His travels taught him that adopting clean cookstoves in Zambia would be the best way to reduce the rates of burns among women and children, and reduce rates of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases caused by exposure to smoke. After meeting Kirk at Stove camp, Nathan planned another trip to Zambia which he completed in September of 2013. During this trip, Dr. Kemalyan arranged the autoclave pilot project with CHAZ.