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Since 2018, Arup has donated circa £300,000 for the research and development of an open source handwashing unit that can be built locally using materials available anywhere in the world. Jengu will play a critical role in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases in the development and humanitarian contexts where the virus can be at its most dangerous.

In order to urgently boost the use of Jengu and save the maximum amount of lives possible, we are now looking for partners to fund the distribution and installation of Jengu in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world. We are also keen to work with organisations keen to support the team to refine to Jengu and apply their combination of skills and experience to other challenges.

Purchasing or investing in Jengu will focus on directly reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and gastrointestinal illness as well as raising public awareness of the importance of handwashing with soap and water.

The Jengu team can support with:

  • Supply chain logistics including sourcing local manufacturers, adapting the design to local capabilities if necessary and distribution.
  • Remote support for installation, and operation & maintenance.
  • Demonstrating impact through assessment and feedback that will also support the continuous development of Jengu’s design.

Jengu can be purchased and produced either directly through recommended manufacturers, using the open source blueprint, or through the Jengu team, who will then manage the process.

The return on investment will be a measurable impact on the health and wellbeing of some of the world’s most vulnerable people to COVID-19 and gastrointestinal illness. This will be demonstrated through both quantitative data and the personal stories of those using the units to stay safe.

If you are interested in providing the Jengu handwashing unit to people who need it most or investing the potential of the team to develop more solutions that help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), please contact us.

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