ASEI and UCL International Development Hub to Jointly Design and Implement a WaSH Behavior Change Program Targeting Uptake of Treated Drinking Water.

ASEI signed an MoU with the University College London International Development Hub, a subsidiary of UCL Faculty of Engineering on January 24, 2022. The collaboration will in the first-year focus on joint research and design efforts to progress ASEI’s Drinking Water Project.

ASEI will work with UCL to design and implement a strategy aimed at increasing uptake of treated drinking water using UV-C technology. ASEI design focuses on the use of solar energy to power UV-C reactors which emit ultraviolet radiation in the C-range with the ability to kill disease causing micro-organisms to a rate 99.99%. The works will be supported by consultancy with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST).

“We are really excited that our students have been given the opportunity to work with the team at ASEI on the upcoming WaSH Education and Access project this summer. This opportunity to develop their skillset and participate in knowledge exchange in a new, meaningful context, will be remarkable for our students’ professional learning and future prospects.

At the UCL International Development Hub, we hope that by supporting such a great initiative, we can encourage the practice of a collaborative approach to addressing real-world challenges and continue to champion community-led development.” – Mala Mohindru, UCL ID_Hub Manager

The project collaboration contributes to the broader aim of strengthening the industry and academia links between ASEI and UCL Engineering.


ASEI installs solar water UV-C disinfection units at two health care centres

On 10th December 2021, ASEI completed installation and hand over of solar powered UV-C water disinfection units at Kyegegwa hospital and Hapuuyo health centre III in Kyegegwa district with support from SD Strategies Australia.

The units installed at both health facilities have the capacity to supply safe drinking water to over 200 patients daily. Special thanks to Sonja Duncan and Richard Birdsey and the staff at ASEI including the board of directors for making this possible.

People go to health facilities to seek medical assistance and treatment yet hundreds of millions of people face an increased risk of infection by seeking care in health facilities that lack some of the basic necessities, including water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and health care waste services.

The installed units at the facilities will contribute to reduction of risks of infection from drinking untreated water. Below are some of the sites where installation was done.

Kyegegwa hospital

Kyegegwa general hospital

The first unit was installed at Kyegegwa hospital maternity ward in Kyegegwa district which has been upgraded to the status of a general hospital to meet the health needs of the growing population in the district and its environs. 

The units will ensure mothers have access to safe clean drinking water at the ward. The units were officially handed over to the incharge of Kyegegwa hospital Dr Martin by the ASEI programs director Alicwamu Moses.

The Incharge Dr Martin shared some insightful words with us!

Hapuuyo health centre III

Hapuuyo health centre III

The second unit was installed at Hapuuyo health centre III located in Kyegegwa district, the units will ensure on time oral administration of directly observed treatment (DOT) drugs to patients in the health centres. The unit was officially handed over to the in-charge Dr William at Hapuuyo health centre III.

We had an interview with Dr William and he had this to say.

We will continue to carryout periodic monitoring visits to the health centres where the units were installed and also provide more technically assistance were needed.