2010 Network Annual Meeting

October 24, 2010
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Convened by the WHO, UNICEF, and the Water Institute at UNC

At the Water & Health 2010 conference in Chapel Hill, USA in October, a general meeting of the HWTS Network was held to present the Network strategy for the six-year period 2011-2016 and discuss key topics of concern to the HWTS community. The meeting was jointly organized and convened by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina. Other contributing organizations included the 300-in-6 Initiative, Cambridge University, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Medentech, PATH, Safe Water and AIDS Project Kenya and the University of Venda. Dr. Robert Bos, Coordinator of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health, WHO delivered the keynote presentation.

The general theme of the meeting was to focus on the next critical phase of scaling up HWTS and we began by taking stock of recent developments in the sector. Speakers discussed experiences with household water treatment interventions in vulnerable population settings and issues impacting program sustainability. There was discussion on the WHO’s new microbial reduction performance guidelines, a country-specific perspective on this topic, and how user-centered design philosophy guides one organization’s approach to product development. The agenda concluded with an overview of next steps for the Network in the coming year. Chairperson for the meeting was Dr. Terrence Thompson, Regional Adviser in Environmental Health, WHO Western Pacific Regional Office. The meeting was open to both prospective members and existing members of the Network.

Final meeting report | Download


  1. Robert Bos – HWTS Network overview and strategy | Download
  2. Tommy Ngai – Status of HWTS in 45 UNICEF priority countries | Download
  3. Cliff Ochieng – Community engagement & social entrepreneurship for distribution of HWTS products | Download
  4. Paul Osborn – Safe water for 300 million in 6 years with household water treatment | Download
  5. Michael Gately – HWTS education – a hidden success in emergency situations | Download
  6. Natasha Potgieter – Effects of HWTS on rural people living with HIV & AIDS | Download
  7. Mark Sobsey & Joe Brown – Evaluating household water treatment options – health-based targets and performance specifications | Download
  8. Jan Willem Rosenboom – HWTS Technology Performance Verification, Cambodia | Download
  9. Glenn Austin – User-centered approach to HWTS – Safe Water Project Perspectives | Download

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