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A Handle on Health

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In the developing world, women and children spend hours and waste energy each day in backbreaking labour, bringing home water that is often contaminated. A Handle on Health shows how this burden can be lifted by actively involving the community in a new approach to the delivery of safe water. The projects featured in the film--in Ethiopia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand--demonstrate how simple, durable handpumps can be designed, tested and manufactured in developing countries with low-cost materials, providing employment opportunities and saving scarce foreign exchange. The film also shows how women, the Third World's primary drawers of water, are helping to ensure a safe, uninterrupted supply by taking control of water delivery, and maintaining and even manufacturing their own handpumps.

1986, 27 min

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