NaCLO is a key part of the ‘Hygiene and Disinfection’
project, which aims to encourage and support the
dissemination of the culture of hygiene and the
importance of disinfection in low and middle-income countries.
It is an ambitious and wide-ranging project that contemplates health as an essential requirement for the development of countries.
Medivac’s NaCLO project has hygiene as a priority: thus, in addition to initiatives aimed at improving hygiene and health, NaCLO also embraces educational, micro-entrepreneurship and international profit-non-profit cooperation initiatives.
How did the idea for NaCLO come about?
The project is the result of long journeys in rural Africa by our friend Franco Ladavas, a former member of the Board of Directors of Industrie De Nora SpA, a world leader in the construction of electrochemical plants. Thanks also to his experience as a chemist, Ladavas realized how to tackle the serious lack of hygiene in low- and middle-income countries.
Difficulties in finding disinfectants locally and storing them properly, as well as a lack of knowledge about disinfection procedures, are at the root of poor hygiene in low-income countries, representing some of the frequent causes of the spread of infections.
Based on WHO data, about 2 billion people do not have sanitation services and about 3 billion do not have basic hand washing services with soap and water.
Locally produced electrolytic sodium hypochlorite is the easiest and most sustainable solution to disinfect and thus reduce the impact of many diseases.
Several examples of an earlier version of NaCLO, made with the aim of gaining experience in the field, have been used in various African countries, such as Senegal, Rep. of Congo, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Ethiopia, Eritrea etc., with positive effects, for example, on the sanitation of rural clinics. The electrolytic sodium hypochlorite produced on site has also been used in the past years to fight the Ebola Virus, creating a sort of sanitary cordon around the most affected areas to contain the reproduction of the virus.
Infections caused by the unavailability of drinking water or the presence of bacteria in houses, public places and hospitals are the main reasons of serious diseases, especially in underdeveloped areas where the risk of exposure for the population is higher. To help tackle the issue, NaCLO offers a mini plant called NaCLO 30L, an equipment that produces, by electrolysis, an aqueous disinfectant solution on sodium hypochlorite-based, one of the world’s most widely used and effective disinfectants.
NaCLO in the Medivac srl entity has always believed in the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility. Today, the company is engaged in various CSR projects in line with the objectives stated in the corporate mission and vision.
“NaCLO for Africa – Hygiene as an essential health requisite for the development in low- and middle income countries” is the end point of the MEDIVAC’s CSR program.