WORKSHOP FOR WATER AND RURAL HEALTH
TALLER DE AGUA Y SALUD CAMPESINA
“Universal access to safe drinking water is a fundamental need and human right. Securing access for all would go a long way in reducing illness and death, especially among children.”– UNICEF
Charlie Taflin (l.) and Fred Jacob (far right), co-inventors of The Manual Chlorinator for decontaminating drinking water in rural water systems as well as being TASCA Board of Directors members. Here they are discussing the advantages of chlorinated water with community Water and Sanitation Committee (CAPS) members. Jinotega, 2003.
TASCA’s mission is to initiate and support programs and projects that improve the health and life of people in rural communities in Nicaragua. Our focus is on clean drinking water, environmental protection, sustainability, sanitation, protection of the watershed, community development, and respect for all people. TASCA staff work closely with rural communities and Nicaraguan governmental agencies especially the Health Ministry (MINSA) and the Water Ministry (ENACAL / INAA) on all project endeavors.
TASCA in coordination with Compatible Technologies International (CTI), invented The Manual Chlorinator for decontaminating drinking water in rural water systems in early 2000. When installed in a drinking water system, The Manual Chlorinator eliminates most harmful bacteria present in drinking water. The result is safe water and a healthier and more productive population.
Left: Charlie Taflin, water engineer and inventor of The Manual Chlorinator inspecting the tablet tube that holds the solid chlorine tablets in the Chlorinator. When installed in a drinking water system, the Chlorinator eliminates bacteria harmful to humans.
SUPPORTING THE PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Over the last 30 years in Nicaragua TASCA has installed over 450 Manual chlorinators supplying clean water to a population of over 450,000. We have also built and supplied six public health laboratories with materials and equipment, given scholarships for advanced degrees to over one hundred health personnel, and trained over one hundred and fifty laboratory technicians in advanced techniques. This support of the health care system improves the skill of the physicians, nurses, and laboratory personnel in patient treatment and diagnosis and increases access to quality health care for the population.
Right: Dr. Julio Caesar Agosto, the first TASCA scholarship recipient achieved a Masters degree in Public Health in 1994. He still practices medicine and resides in the rural community of El Cuá.
Right: Dr. Robert Harvey, founder and main force of TASCA, instructing a laboratory technician in water analysis technique. Matagalpa, 1996.
TASCA BLOG UPDATES
RESTARTING TASCA has renewed its mission and work after being dormant due to the untimely death in 2016 of our main support, Dr. Robert Harvey. Dr. Harvey had registered TASCA in another state and restarting TASCA in Minnesota required applying for official status as an NGO in Minnesota. Additionally TASCA was required to file withContinue reading “What’s TASCA up to right now?”