Household Water Newsletter, Issue 1

Welcome Announcements Featured Topic Recent Events Field Report Event Calendar


We are delighted to share with you the first in a series of newsletters in Phase 2 of the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (INHWTS). Throughout the year we will focus on timely topics of relevance to Network participants. In this issue we provide a brief summary of recent publications regarding use of HWTS in HIV/AIDS prevention and care. We hope you find this newsletter of interest and invite you to share any comments or suggestions with the Network Communications Officer (see contact info at the bottom of this newsletter).


  • Read and comment on the Network Strategy for 2011-2016
  • The Network Strategy for 2011-2016 is available for comment until March 1st, 2011. Organizations are asked to complete a short questionnaire to join or confirm current participation in the Network before being given access to the document on the interactive webspace (EZcollab). The questionnaire should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Complete the questionnaire now

    Featured Topic

  • Household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) among best practices for HIV/AIDS prevention and care in resource-limited settings
  • In a 2008 report by the WHO HIV/AIDS programme, HWTS was among 13 interventions recommended as essential to maximizing the effectiveness of HIV prevention and care programmes for people in resource-limited settings (WHO, 2008). Access to safe drinking water enables patients to prevent water-borne disease which in immunocompromised individuals can result in reduced drug absorption and an increased risk of opportunistic infections.

    There is a range of HWTS technologies available but their use and appropriateness varies according to socio-economic and environmental factors and the specific needs of the community being served. Practitioners should integrate and monitor HWTS with HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes as it is critically important for maximizing limited resources and the health of vulnerable populations. In 2010, the WHO and USAID collaborated to produce a report on integrating WASH practices into HIV programmes (WHO, 2010).

    Please assist us in disseminating these reports and their findings. In addition, we invite Network participants to offer their own experiences on integrating HWTS with HIV/AIDS programmes by posting reports or comments on the Network’s EZcollab webspace. In order to access EZcollab, participants are asked to complete a short questionnaire. If you have already completed the questionnaire, please click here to access EZcollab.

    Recommended Resources:

    WHO, 2008. Essential prevention and care interventions for adults and adolescents living with HIV in resource-limited settings. Geneva, Switzerland. Click to access

    WHO/USAID, 2010. How to integrate water, sanitation and hygiene into HIV programmes. Geneva, Switzerland. Click to access

    Recent Events

  • Network Meeting in Chapel Hill; Report and presentation materials available for download
  • In October 2010, a general meeting of the Network was held in Chapel Hill, USA. The main objectives were to present the strategy for the INHWTS for the coming six-year period and discuss key topics of concern to the HWTS community. Contributing organizations included the 300-in-6 Initiative, Cambridge University, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Medentech, PATH, Safe Water & AIDS Project Kenya, UNICEF, University of North Carolina, University of Venda and the WHO. The meeting report and presentation materials are available now.

    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

  • HWTS Seminar at World Water Week in Stockholm; Report and presentation materials available for download
  • At the World Water Week in Stockholm in September 2010, a seminar on HWTS was held to discuss issues around increasing access to water supply, water quality and household treatment options. Contributing organizations included Abt Associates, US Centers for Disease Control, HWTS Network Secretariat, PATH, Population Services International, USAID, UNICEF and the WHO. The seminar report and presentation materials are available now.

    Final seminar report | Download


    1. Megan Wilson – HWT working to save lives in Rwanda | Download

    2. John Kariuki – Kenyan experience on HWTS | Download

    3. Rob Ainslie – Practice, Policy and Integration: the Indonesian experience with HWTS | Download

    Field Report

  • Population Services International shares lessons learned from POUZN
  • The Social Marketing Plus for Diarrheal Disease Control: Point-of-Use Water Disinfection and Zinc Treatment (POUZN) Project, a $12 million project funded by the United States Agency for International Development since 2005, closed this past November. The goal of the POUZN program was to expand the use of point-of-use (POU) water disinfection and zinc products for the prevention and treatment of diarrhea through private sector channels. PSI and Abt Associates implemented the project with the introduction and scale up provision of household water treatment and zinc combined with oral rehydration salts. PSI enacted POUZN projects in the following countries: Angola, Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, and Rwanda.

    The project summary and selected case studies from Benin, DRC, Kenya and Rwanda are available here.

    Event Calendar

  • Disinfection 2011: April 10-12 in Cincinnati, USA Click here
  • World Water Summit IV: May 20 in New Orleans, USA Click here
  • WEDC International Conference: July 6-8 at Loughborough University, UK Click here
  • World Water Week 2011 – Call for Abstracts / Seminar Proposals In Progress: August 21-27 in Stockholm, Sweden Click here
  • Water & Health 2011 – Call for Abstracts In Progress: October 3-7 in Chapel Hill, USA Click here
  • Are you aware of an upcoming international, regional or national event on HWTS? Please tell us by email:

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