Evidence Action: Dispensers for Safe Water

Evidence Action: Dispensers for Safe Water

Dispensers for Safe Water (DSW) distributes chlorine dispensers in low-income communities to treat water so that it’s safe to drink.

This charity meets the requirements to be supported by Giving What We Can as an unlisted charity — read more about our inclusion criteria.

What is Dispensers for Safe Water's mission?

DSW is a project of Evidence Action, whose mission is "to be a world leader in scaling evidence-based and cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty."

What does Dispensers for Safe Water do?

  • DSW provides chlorine dispensers to low-income communities, where drinking water is often contaminated.
  • According to the World Health Organization, treating water with diluted chlorine is a safe and effective way to improve water quality.
  • DSW estimates that they have distributed more than 27,000 dispensers in rural Africa, reached 4 million people, and prevented more than 380,000 cases of childhood diarrhoea.
  • They estimate that it costs less than $1.50 USD to provide safe water for one person for one year.
  • To ensure that the dispensers are used, DSW engages with communities and each community appoints a "promoter" for the dispensers.

To learn more about Dispensers for Safe Water, we recommend reading GiveWell’s detailed review.

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Fast Facts

DSW is a project of Evidence Action. In rural areas of low-income countries, most water sources provide untreated water that is not safe to drink. Evidence suggests that providing safe water in these communities reduces cases of diarrhea and reduces child mortality. DSW is a GiveWell “standout charity.”

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