CJF: The Afridev Hi-Lift Pump

CJF: The Afridev Hi-Lift Pump


“For the Sustainable Development Goals we still have to provide accessible water for everyone. In rural communities, it’s often times it’s
just a hand pump. The most successful hand pump in the world right now is the
Afridev hand pump and is used throughout Africa and it’s used in Asia.
This hand pump is fantastic because it can deliver water to the local community
but it cannot do anything but deliver it into a bucket. When I realised in our
Climate Justice Project is we needed a new solution, something that would take
the water to a household something that would take the water to a health clinic
we lift water under head or maybe take it 100 metres to somebody’s irrigation
for the agriculture. So what we did is we challenged the students and said with
the existing infrastructure with this Afridev can you reverse engineer this and
making this something that can actually be used not now not for the next couple
years but for the next generation and help us to meet the Sustainable
Development Goals. So this is the story of that development.” “The Afridev hand pump is the standard
hand pump used in Malawi to get water from underground to surface. It’s the
Official Ministry approved piece of pumping equipment and there’s over
10,000 of them in Malawi being used every day. So we’ve decided to install
the Afridev Hi-Lift pump at the Kokoma Health Clinic is the first pilot
installation. The clinic serves a catchment of around 22,000 people and
there’s about 500 births in the clinic per year. As you can imagine without a
functioning water supply it’s very difficult to maintain high standards of
Hygiene and Sanitation inside the clinic. We chose the clinic because it already has a Water Supply System in place but no water supply. There is an existing
tank, existing pipelines and taps and basins in all the rooms inside the
clinic but unfortunately there was no water coming into the clinic. So this was
chosen as an ideal location where we could install the High-Lift pump and put
water into the tank once again.” “So what we did at Strathclyde is part of
the Climate Justice Fund Project was to develop and design this new addition to
the Afridev Pump and this new addition here, will actually build up pressure from the pump and take it either in a pipeline down over to the health centre
or you can open it up and the water will come out for someone to fill up their
bucket.” “My name is Ben McIntosh Michaelis. I am a fifth year electrical mechanical
engineering student at the University of Strathclyde. I went into engineering because I wanted to work on this sort of project. I wanted to use the skills I have to make a difference. I was at a society meeting at an International Development
focused student society and Bob Kalin came along to one of our meetings
and was telling us about a pump called the ‘Play Pump’. It was a roundabout which pump water into water towers. The Main problem was it took 27 hours of constant
pumping to fill the tank for one day. So initially we started off within the student
Society us working on adapting the Afridev to fill this tank. So there we decided we needed to seal somehow, to seal it some in some way. The final option which was one we did go with
we selected that point to progress with to put a seal around the
pump rod just above the spout allowing water around for the pressure to build
against that.” “Over the past number of years since 2013
we worked with SS pump limited in Malawi, a subsidiary of an Indian based company
which manufactures Afridev pumps throughout the entire world . Because SS has a global supply chain
of the Afridev pumps already, they’re extremely well placed then to take this
new innovation, the High-Lift innovation and take it from Malawi as one of the
opportunities that other people around the world can actually add to the
Afridev Pump.” “We’ve been here all week fixing with plumbers the existing
infrastructure, replacing a lot of things and making sure that everything is ready
for the pipe supply when it’s available. So now the pumps here we filled the tank
and there’s water going into the clinic once again, so it’s quite exciting to see
that this development from the University of Strathclyde has been put
into practice installed and it’s currently being used in the clinic behind me.” “This is a laboratory, this is a press where we stain our slides. At first we were using this bucket, but now, we’re using these taps. This is the delivery place. We do our deliveries here. After that, the mother take the baby to
the shower. This is a shower area. This is a place where they took a bath and we use this shower. We do use like this. How we wash our baby
after deliveries. So at first we were using buckets but now, it has been
improved. So the hospital, now has got running water.” “Installation of this borehole
has brought significant change to the lives of people in this community in
the sense that previously we had no reliable source of water and we used to
fetch water from the borehole and carry to the health centre but this borehole has
now brought all the water close to the patients and the guardians are in the
health centre and this is indeed a welcome development and we are so much
grateful to the Climate Justice Fund Project.” “Malawi and Scotland have had a
history, a long relationship and again there is a natural joining there we have
institutional links and many friends there that we can we can work directly
or on an agenda like this and be more effective perhaps that we could be in
some other jurisdictions, so we’re very pleased to work with Malawi and try and
take forward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and and
we’re increasingly confident that we can achieve those Sustainable Development
Goals and in a reasonable timeframe.” “This is a fundamental advantage because
now we can actually lift water 20 metres in the air, take water 10 kilometres away
or more importantly have both a conjunctive use of water under pressure
and water at the water point to provide for local communities. So we’d like to
thank the Scottish Government for the funding and support and the development
to this and we’re now going to look at offering this globally because there’s
probably millions and millions of opportunities for the investment in the
utilisation of this new technology.”

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