In 1994, Plesion continued the redesign of the Water of Life system and the three-panel Apollos I was constructed. Shown in picture: final testing of prototype with Apollos I development team demonstrating capabilities to Dr. Phu (on right), noted Vietnamese professor of pharmacy.  In 1995, Plesion decided to install a Water of Life system in Vietnam. A site was chosen in a poor district of Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) where 7000 malnourished children under 5 years of age reside. In 1997, Plesion partially funded the construction of a 4800 sq ft building and Apollos I was installed after its completion. A license was granted in 1999 to sell the products under an agreement with the Department of Health of Dist.4 and the city of Saigon that 100% of profits (after expenses) be used to fund children’s health programs. Production of drinking water began in Sept., 2000. It is also planned that the facility will produce products specifically targeted to children’s health, such as baby formula and a high vitamin content nutritious drink.

Plesion’s first project was the 1000 bed Children’s Hospital located about 300 miles east of Moscow in the city of Niznhy Novgorod. N-N is the third largest city in Russia and an important industrial center. In 1992, this hospital — along with most others in Russia — needed medicines desperately. During the next 2 years, Plesion delivered a number of 20’ containers of medicines, medical supplies, hospital beds, dextrose (for IV’s) and burn and cancer medicines to the hospital. A total of 20+ tons of medicines and equipment were donated. The quality and quantity of IV fluids being produced in the hospital was also very poor and Plesion learned that many pyrogen reactions were being reported by resident physicans. The need for plentiful pure water for IV’s was obvious. It was also believed that having an ample supply of pure water the hospital could actually formulate its own liquid nourishments and products such as eye drops and cough medicines. Borrowing from Dr. Robert Watt, one of Plesion’s founders and 20 year veteran of using the Water of Life methodology in Africa, Plesion redesigned an expanded capacity system from its 60 liter/hour to a 600 liter/hour output. Late in 1993, Plesion donated and installed its first expanded Water of Life system in the Children’s Hospital. The specific unit that produces the water was named Apollos. The hospital’s crisis eased in 1994 and no further aid was requested.

A Water of Life project is very costly and doing any large project in a foreign country often requires local and even national government approval. Projects involving health issues are also extremely sensitive. Therefore, Plesion’s selection process for projects is by its very nature complex and lengthy.  Since 1992, Plesion has established projects in four countries, Russia, Romania, Nigeria and Vietnam, where it is currently registered as an NGO and acted in a consulting capacity for USAID in Niger, W. Africa.

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Text Box: Shown: Children’s Hospital and young cancer patient with his mother.
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