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HTI Humanitarian Water Lead StoryHTI’s Forward Osmosis Membrane Technology Aiding Victims in Haiti

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January, 2010, Hydration Technology Innovations (HTI) teamed up with private donors to provide clean drink for Haiti’s earthquake victims. With the Argus Fund, HTI was able to deliver thousands of single use water filtration pouches as well as eight community supporting HydroWell Village Systems that can purify 5,600 liters (1,480 gallons) of water a day.

A team of HTI employees traveled to Haiti to install the systems and train Haitians, working alongside organizations such as International Medical Corps (IMC), Hope for Haiti, the Dominican Republic Good Samaritan Hospital and local Catholic missions.
“All the medical personnel I encountered in Haiti were ecstatic about the HTI’s forward osmosis technology. Now that the trauma injuries that resulted from the earthquake are dealt with, they are dealing with the constants of poverty. Water borne illness and general malnutrition run rampant in these types of locations. The diarrhea and fevers that result from drinking contaminated water are of chief concern to many of the doctors. In particular they’re having issues with the locals mixing the prescribed powdered antibiotics with contaminated water, negating all the benefits of the medicine. They were thrilled when we presented them with X-Pack and immediately began mixing antibiotics with the product to hand out at their clinic.”

-Carter Unger, Former Captain, United States Army
The Haiti response effort made evident how important water filtration is in the early stage of the relief effort. Disaster victims need safe fluids within 24 hours of an event. The delays experienced in Haiti resulted in higher mortality and disease rates and contributed to a deteriorating security situation. Because of the great logistics reduction HTI’s forward osmosis technology offers, it is an ideal early-entry response strategy to act as a gap technology until additional food and water supplies are provided. Planning and being prepared for these events, instead of just reacting, saves lives.
I was one of the medical mission workers that was at the Villa with you in February. I just wanted to write and tell you how wonderful your HydroPack product was for the Haitian people we served. I am talking about the powdered plastic packets that you put in the swimming pool in the Villa and they evolved into a Gatorade-like drink. We took several of these up to our health clinic while we were there and gave them to a lot of dehydrated/fevered people. They enjoyed the drink while the fluids helped heal them. This is a great product and I would encourage you to produce more, especially if you can get this to people who do not have clean drinking water.

Thank you so much for allowing us to use this for our patients. We saw over 225 people a day who needed a lot of help in so many ways. I enjoyed meeting and speaking with you. Hope this finds you doing well. Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!

-Ina Glass, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President Patient Care Services, Fort Logan Hospital