We believe that every human being deserves lasting access to safe water and sanitation — spending more time learning, growing, working, and thriving, instead of walking for water and fighting off illness.
Founded by Dr. Nathan Levin and Linda Donald, Easy Water for Everyone is a non-profit organization on a mission to bring pure and safe drinking water to every person who lives in a rural community with no access to electricity.
How it began
Dr. Levin and Linda were working on a project in Israel that involved their expertise in dialysis — the process of removing excess water, solutes, and toxins from the blood for people with kidney disease.
While in Israel, they discovered something that would change the course of their lives — and many others. A Tel Aviv-based company, NUFiltration, Ltd., had developed a process in which they sterilized used kidney dialysis filters (composed of polysulfone fibers) and used them in a system that purified sewage water.
Using around 300 to 400 kidney dialysis filters, sewage water put through this industrial-sized machine was found, in laboratory tests, to be completely free of any bacterial and viral contamination.
Having made several trips to rural villages in need, Dr. Levin understood how water poverty has detrimental impacts to virtually every aspect of life — from health, to education, to income. Dr. Levin and Linda had a proposition for NUFiltration: Could they create a smaller version that could generate clean and safe drinking water for people living in rural communities with no electricity?
The NUF500 System
Within 4 years, the collaboration between NUFiltration, Dr. Levin, and Linda led to the creation of the NUF500 — a system that only requires eight filters and does not require any electricity. It can filter approximately 132 gallons (500 liters) per hour and is capable of delivering water completely free of any bacterial or viral contamination for an entire village.
It’ll be 24 sites throughout Ghana, Easy Water will expand to an additional 12 sites in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2019. In addition, Easy Water will be making the product available to other organizations that would like access to the installing the NUF500 as part of their projects.
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Nathan W. Levin MD, FACP
Nathan is a nephrologist with a special interest in dialysis. Previously Professor of Medicine at University of Michigan, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City. He was Head of the Division of Nephrology at Henry Ford Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City. He is a cofounder of the Renal Research Institute, LLC. Nathan participates in many associations related to nephrology and medicine and has many peer reviewed publications in these areas.
Seth Johnson, RN, MSN, FNP, CNN
Seth received his basic nursing training in Ghana, and moved to the United States in the mid 1980s. Prior to coming to the U.S., Seth worked in various departments in nursing, including emergency, infectious disease, endoscopy, and urology. Seth started his dialysis career as a registered nurse and worked in both peritoneal and hemodialysis. He received his nephrology certification in 1998, and later obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Seth joined the Renal Research Institute in 2006 and he is currently the regional Director of Training and Education, and also monitors Continuous Assessment and Quality Improvement(QAPI)projects.
Linda L. Donald, MA in Finance
Linda is a healthcare administrator who has more than three decades of experience in nephrology, including outpatient clinics, inpatient care, transplantation, and all modalities of dialysis administration and finance. The co-founder of the Renal Research Institute, she also served as the President of Fresenius dialysis business units and of Optimal Disease Management. Six years prior to joining the field of healthcare, Linda taught science in secondary education. More recently, Linda has done consulting projects for pharmaceutical companies such as Roche and a significant amount of international pro bono consulting.
Ben Lipps, PhD
Ben was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of Fresenius Medical Care, the largest supplier in the world of both dialysis services and equipment from 1999 to 2012. He is currently CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of MagForceAg and Honorary Chairman of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA and Fresenius Medical Care Management AG Supervisory Boards. He is one of the inventors of the hollow fiber dialyzer used throughout the world for treatment of kidney failure(andnow for purifying water). He has a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University, a Master of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jochen Raimann, MD, PhD
Jochen received his medical degree in April 2007 from the Medical University Graz Austria and was awarded a PhD from the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands in 2014. He is also certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates(ECFMG)in the United States since January 2009 and is currently enrolled in the MPH EPI/BIOS program at the CUNY School of Public Health. Dr. Raimann is working at the Renal Research Institute since 2007, when he started as a Research Fellow. From 2012-2015he was employed as a Research Scientist and since September 2015 he holds the position of Manager of Data Analytics.
Daniel N.O. Sackey
A chartered accountant by profession, Mr. Sackey has worked in finance and accountancy positions for over 38 years in Ghana’s private as well as not-for-profit sectors — 17 years of which has been in the cocoa industry. He has also taught accountancy courses at the tertiary level for more than 15 years. He is currently the Managing Consultant of Ephesus Consulting Ltd, a company that provides training for managers of small and medium enterprises and financial training for staff of banks and other financial institutions in Ghana.
Mr. Sackey has the following qualifications:
BSc[Admin]from the University of Ghana Business School[formerlySchool of Administration], with a major in accounting;
MSc[FinancialManagement] from the School of Oriental and African Studies[SOAS],University of London;
CA[Gh]– Member, Institute Of Chartered Accountants, Ghana;
FCCA -[Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants], UK;
DipIFR – ACCA Professional Diploma in International Financial Reporting
Friedrich (Fritz) Port, MD, MS, FACP
Dr. Port is a clinical nephrologist has worked at the University of Michigan for over 40 years where he is a professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology. He is well known for his leadership of the US Renal Data System and the national Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. His close involvement in the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Pattern Study for over 20 years, which he directed as president of Arbor Research Collaborative for Health in recent years, has given him international experience in 21 countries. He has received high national awards from the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation. Overall, Dr. Port’s research related to the health of populations and his experience with large data is well fitting to advance and expand the EWfE.