EU Women Innovators Prize 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
EU Women Innovators Prize 2017
EU Women Innovators Prize 2017
The United Nations is promoting a new sustainable development agenda. THE UN SDG’s is a new set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
No Poverty: Solvatten tackles some of the underlying factors that keep people in poverty. It improves health and productivity; it saves money and time, therefore it helps people lift themselves out of poverty.
No Hunger: Poor hygiene and lack of safe water play a big role in leading to and exacerbating malnutrion among children especially. Solvatten directly tackles water and hygiene related diseases, such as intestinal worms. The heated water makes the transition from breastmilk easier and less risky.
Good Health: Since Solvatten can reduce the incidence of diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases among users, and especially in children, many lives can be saved. Using Solvatten keeps the poverty related diseases away. Safe water and improved hygiene practices will reduce vulnerability to the major infectious diseases.
Quality Education: Good health makes time for school. So will easing the heavy load for children to provide the household with firewood and water from distant water sources. Globally 300-400 million days of schooling are missed because children have diarrhoea.
Gender Equality: When parents in developing countries have insufficient money for school fees, they often send the boys to school, and not the girls. The time and money saved by replacing use of solid fuels will provide time for income-generating activities and give more girls the opportunity to go to school. Women are saving up to 3 hours a day when using Solvatten. Less time spent on finding fuel in unsafe locations means less exposure and incidence of gender-based violence.
Clean Water and Sanitation: Apart from being a technology that purifies water to the highest level of WHO guidelines for safe water, Solvatten also recognizes the importance of heated water for hygiene and health.
Renewable Energy: Solvatten runs on 100% green power, the sun.
Good Jobs and Economic Growth: Solvatten will provide time and opportunity for income-generating activities. Fewer sick days means fewer days without work and pay, while every extra year in school means higher income as an adult. Solvatten also provides its users with business opportunities, as it increases the quality of the goods (e.g. milk) or services (e.g hairstylists) they provide
Innovation and Infrastructure: Solvatten is an innovative technology bridging humanitarian aid and development while recognizing and utilizing the water-energy nexus, leading to resource efficiency.
Reduced Inequalities: Hot and cold water from a tap at home is a distant dream for more than a billion people. Equality means equal access to the basics that create a dignified life.
Sustainable Cities and Communities: Solvatten provides a sustainable clean energy and water solution that is environmentally friendly and carbon neutral, it provides for a safer and cleaner community. Being energy and water efficient, Solvatten eases the pressures that increasing urbanization puts on energy and fresh water supplies. It also makes urban communities less vulnerable to utility service cuts and water-related disasters.
Responsible Consumption: Solvatten improves water, energy, and time efficiency.
Climate Action: Over 800 million households worldwide currently use solid fuels. For every one of these households CO2 emissions could be reduced by 1 ton per year if they changed from heating/boiling with solid fuels to using Solvatten
Life Below Water: Through reducing CO2 emissions, Solvatten reduces ocean acidification which negatively impacts ocean ecosystems.
Life On Land: Since 2009, Solvatten has reduced the need to burn over 1,000 hectares of forest.
Peace and Justice: People have to coexist with very few resources which can lead to conflicts over water and fuelwood. Going solar with SOLVATTEN is helping to drive down conflict by reducing people’s need for fuel, water and helping to build healthier families and communities.
Partnerships for the Goals: Solvatten engages people, organisations and other companies throughout the world. This is creating awareness, practical action and business opportunities locally and internationally. We work through partnerships that span the private sector, the not-for-profit sector and academia. What’s more, we do not work in developmental silos – but bridge health, energy, environment, economic and gender empowerment, disaster relief and development issues for a cross-sectoral approach.
ELLE and Le Comptoir de l’Innovation have created a unique award dedicated to female social entrepreneurship, the “ELLE IMPACT² AWARD”. Female entrepreneurs from all around the world have been rewarded and portrayed by ELLE magazines. National competitions have been driven in nine countries. All the national finalists met in Paris in April 2016 for the 5th Impact² Ceremony. Petra Wadström, founder and CEO of Solvatten was one of them!
Petra Wadström was awarded to Woman of the Year 2015 by women network SWEA International. The jury states that Petras creativity and her philanthropical spirit makes her a shining example. Read more about it here:
STOCKHOLM – Swecare and the Swedish Health Initiatives group are hosting a seminar today to discuss innovative approaches to solving global health issues and the challenges faced in scaling these up. This forum is the first to be held as part of a new initiative created by a number of Swedish health companies, institutions and organisations, who are collaborating for new approaches to tackle major health challenges; through innovation, investment and action on a global scale.
Finding solutions to the health issues identified by the United Nations
The Millennium Development Goals, agreed to by all the United Nations member states, are due in 2015. Out of the eight goals identified, numbers four and five, relating to maternal and child health, are not likely to be met. Still only half of pregnant women in developing regions receive the recommended minimum of four antenatal care visits. According to the World Health Organisation, around 6.3 million children under the age of five died in 2013 mainly due to preventable diseases. This staggering figure is, according to the UN’s own estimations, 2.1 million away from the Millennium Development Goal and will take several additional years to reach. More work thus needs to be done and fresh approaches implemented. Social innovations and innovative partnerships are necessary to tackle these complex challenges. A holistic view must be taken, looking at different perspectives of health including e.g. water, vaccination, sanitation and animal health. Sweden has a long tradition of systems thinking, as well as of innovation and entrepreneurship. We are thus well positioned to develop and scale up social innovations in healthcare, water and sanitation.
Swecare and the Health Initiatives group (HIG) strongly believe that innovation is necessary to tackle the issues facing countries with scarce resources, and thus launched this seminar focused on what can be done to accelerate development and support roll-out of low-cost, innovative solutions in underserved areas, for example in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initial discussions have focussed on maternal and child health, and how Sweden through these innovations and approaches can contribute to the attainment of global health goals.
An open invitation
Scalability of individual local health projects in developing regions often face a quagmire of institutional obstacles due to a lack of broader regional strategy, which ultimately limits their success. As a response to these obstacles, the constituents of the HIG are aiming to shine a light on innovative approaches to multifaceted global health challenges, implement a wider cooperative focus and develop a stronger network of knowledge sharing and support, including national stakeholders who wish to join hands to improve health on a large scale. The seminar, which hopefully will be one of many, will set the stage for this initiative and is an open invitation to others looking to achieve meaningful and long-lasting positive effects in the attainment of sustainable improvements in health for people in low-income countries.
The ambition of the Health Initiatives group is to share knowledge across sectors, thereby serving as a facilitator which not only can help provide a positive impact on health related issues where it is most needed in the world, but also contribute to job creation in these and related support areas as well as opening new markets for Swedish companies active in the health and sanitation area.
For more information on the seminar please visit: http://www.swecare.se/Swe/KALENDER/PageId/EventDetails/EventId/67?EventStartDate=3%2f16%2f2015+12%3a00%3a00+AM&EventEndDate=3%2f16%2f2015+11%3a59%3a00+PM
Swedish Soroptimists have engaged strongly in Solvatten and initiated their own Solvatten projects together with partners. In 2012, the Stockholm-Roslagen Soroptimist Club started a fundraising campaign to provide Solvatten to a SOS Children’s Village in Lubango in Angola. The club engaged their local community in the Stockholm-Roslagen area, leading to a substantial contribution to the project from local companies and sister clubs in the area. After having started to use Solvatten, the families in the SOS Children’s Village report significant savings on time and money, that the families are healthier and that the school attendance has increased, especially among the girls.
Additionally, the Swedish Union of Soroptimist Clubs are ongoingly raising money with the aim of supplying safe water to vulnerable people in Kenya. The Union buys Solvatten units for delivery to Kenyan Soroptimist Clubs for distribution to needy women and families. A first delivery of 36 Solvatten units arrived at the Kakamega Soroptimist Club in Western Kenya in April 2013. The photo was taken during the Solvatten training. In June 2013, the second delivery of 72 Solvatten units reached the Soroptimist Clubs Eldoret and Milimani-Nairobi. The Kenyan Soroptimist Union is whole-heartedly supporting this project and eight more clubs are eagerly waiting for their allotment. A Solvatten unit can drastically improve the life of a whole family.
If you wish to contribute to this project, please send your donation to
Nordea – IBAN: SE95 9500 0099 6034 0657 1178, BIC-code SWIFT: NDEASESS
For more information, visit the web site www.soroptimistsweden.se
How about some sparkling lemon water for midsummer? We are excited to bring you the summer campaign with Axfood! The bottles hits the stores in Stockholm, Sweden this week. Get your Solvatten bottle at a supermarket nearby (Willys/Hemköp) and we will ship more Solvatten to needing families in Uganda!
Solvatten is included in a myclimate programme to disseminate water purification systems to low-income households, starting in Uganda. Carbon finance will be used to give households access to the clean water technologies thereby improving the livelihoods and health conditions of thousands of people.
The programme will promote the scaled dissemination of clean water technologies around the world. After Uganda, myclimate’s implementing partner has already identified other countries such as Indonesia, Haiti, Rwanda, Sudan, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Kenya as potential target areas for programme activities. It will work with local and international organizations to identify the most appropriate products for varying national contexts. myclimate invests the revenues from Carbon offsetting in the project in the form of activities that facilitate project scale-up, such as direct technology subsidies, developing marketing and outreach resources, capacity building and enhancing distribution channels.
The swedish company Wellstep has launched a campaign that will give their clients a tool to increase their exercise and at the same time contribute to the sending of Solvatten to a project run by Swedish Child Fund to support families living in Kendu Bay, Kenya.
Walking that extra mile will make a big difference and this campaign will help us feel better in more than one way! Every km a participant walks will give approximately eight liters of Solvatten water. A participant walking the whole distance will contribute to approximately 2 000 liters of clean water. (Employment health is a tax deductable activity for companies).