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Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has over the years been involved in technology development and transfer. In this regard, the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CITT) has won several local and international awards; in recognition of innovative technologies aimed at addressing the needs of rural and peri-urban population. Therefore the vision of KIST senior management is not only to maintain the achievements but to continuously undertake research and development activities that address the challenges of the society.
Amongst recent research and development initiatives is partnership between KIST and cooperative of local potters to develop water filters. The objective of the partnership is twofold. One is to adapt the colloidal silver ceramic water filter technology, and two, to transfer the knowledge to local potters and communities. Through this partnership, ceramic water filters shall be produced locally. As part of the initiative, a demonstration factory for colloidal silver ceramic water filter shall be built at Kacyiru Sector, Gasabo District.
The impact of this initiative is obvious: to reduce considerably the spread of water borne diseases and mortality rate among Rwandan population. Further, the technology transfer to the rural population will enable Rwanda to meet vision 2020, EDPRS and MDGs health targets.