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Hungarian technology saves lives in Africa

Hungary is helping save hundreds of thousands in Africa by allowing them to have access to clean water.

Máté Paczolay, press officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, announced the tremendous contribution that Hungary has made to helping Africa in its current water crisis on the back of the Budapest Water Summit in October. 

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, met with various Ministers of Water from African countries at the event and received warm recognition from Ghana’s minister for the aid thus far received. Hungary is also set to initiate two new water purification projects in Ghana.

Paczolay pointed out that the Hungarian government started its first water treatment plant in Ghana in 2019 for the city of Kumasi, home to 2.5 million people. This greatly reduced surface and groundwater contamination of the locals’ water and gave a major boost to the quality of life of more than 100,000 inhabitants there. 

Szijjártó also met the Ugandan Minister of Water and Environment, and Hungarian water purification units will be provided at Uganda’s largest refugee camp, the Rwamwanja Refugee Camp, where some 200,000 people will then be able to have clean water. Uganda currently has one and a half million refugees living in its country, so any technology that enables easy access to clean water is greatly welcome and needed.

Szijjártó emphasized that Hungary aims to do everything in its power to help African countries retain and support their populations in an effort to avoid the need for their people to seek refuge elsewhere… like on the shores of Europe. Thus, Uganda has become a partner of Hungary in trying to ensure regional stability and prevent further migrant waves.

The Hungarian foreign minister met with the Omani Minister for Water as well to discuss a cooperation on both water and energy, with Szijjártó set to visit the Arab country soon. 

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