Supertowel: a substitute for soap and running water for handwashing

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Re: Supertowel: a substitute for soap and running water for handwashing

Dear Elisabeth,

Thank you for your post.

Yes we are pretty thrilled that we are able to offer the product at a price that makes it viable for the use it is intended for.

We didn't get many responses to the survey so far unfortunately. Surveys are always problematic in my experience, people just generally does not take them. Our aim with the survey was to get in contact with organisations that were interested in going further with Supertowel.

Our HIF funded project is coming to an end now, so we are looking for other sources of funding to scale up and to continue the testing of the Supertowel. But even if any organisation would be interested in sticking their neck out and buy some Supertowels to distribute them in the field, that would help our continued work.

The scientific paper for the laboratory studies we did on Supertowel is in peer review now and LSHTM is working on finalising the paper on the field work from Ethiopia.

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Re: Supertowel lab study published

Dear fellow SuSanA members,

Finally the lab study concerning Supertowel has been published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The article is open access. This is the link to the article: www.ajtmh.org/content/journals/10.4269/ajtmh.18-0860

Comments and feedback are much welcomed either here or directly to me or Sian White from LSHTM. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Dear SuSanA network members,

The second scientific paper from the Supertowel research project has just been published on PLOS. The paper describes our research and findings from the field study that was conducted in collaboration with LSHTM in a refugee camp in Northern Ethiopia.

The paper is open access and can be viewed and downloaded following this link: journals.plos.org/plosone/article/commen...journal.pone.0216237

The title of the paper is: Could the Supertowel be used as an alternative hand cleaning product for emergencies? An acceptability and feasibility study in a refugee camp in Ethiopia

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Re: Supertowel: a substitute for soap and running water for handwashing

Interesting paper on the trial studies of the Superetowel.
I would like to see what work has been done on the disposal side of this product at end of it's life and what the length of it's .life would look like
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Hi Ross,

Thanks for your message. You asked me before about the end of life of Supertowel. We still have not done any research on this, so basically the environmental friendliness of Supertowel is resting purely on the durability of the towel. On that front I did do some research recently and have tested in the lab what happens to the antimicrobial treatment on the Supertowel if it is wash multiple times. The results show that even after 100 washes the Supertowel can still be caracterized as bacteriostatic. It still kills 90% of the bacteria on the towel.

I know this is not a full reply, but I hope it does give you some answers. I will definitely keep your end of life problematic in mind for future tests on Supertowel.

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Torben
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