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We are pleased to announce the revision of the Phase II Strategy following receipt of comments from Network participants. A theme that emerged was the need for agreed monitoring & evaluation indicators and methods. This will facilitate the comparison of promotion and implementation in different settings and a more effective targeting of resources. In response, the Network will host a webinar on Wednesday 27 April to discuss this topic (see registration link in Announcements section below). We have also reviewed responses to the participant questionnaire and to date, 80 organizations in 24 countries have confirmed their participation in the Network. Download the Strategy document and the preliminary questionnaire results below.
What do we know about use and impacts of household water treatment? What are the major challenges in effectively targeting those most in need of such treatment? How can we improve how we measure and compare results? These questions and more will be addressed in the first of a new series of regular Network webinars to be on 27 April. “Evaluating household water treatment: From evidence to action” will include presentations from Daniele Lantagne, HWTS specialist at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and Orlando Hernandez, Senior Evaluation Officer from the Academy for Educational Development (AED). Following the presentations Bruce Gordon, WHO, will moderate a discussion. To register please click here. For questions contact Maggie Montgomery, Network Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A three-day Network workshop jointly hosted by WHO and UNICEF will take place in Uganda in June. Representatives from five East African countries and will focus on strengthening HWTS national policies and developing action plans. A special half-day session will be devoted to options for integrating environmental health interventions at the household level, such as the combined implementation of indoor stoves and HWTS. Those Network organizations working in the region with a strong interest in attending are asked to contact Maggie Montgomery at email@example.com.
Water and Health 2011 will take place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA from 3-7 October, 2011. Organizers have announced a session featuring WaSH and HIV/AIDS research and have issued a call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations. A special workshop will focus attention on the need for collaboration between the water and medical communities to advance WaSH for health benefits in populations affected by HIV and AIDS. Of specific interest is the topic of HWTS which helps optimize the effectiveness of HIV prevention and care programmes in resource-limited settings. Submit your abstract at the conference website.
The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2011 and will again take place in conjunction with the Water and Health: Where Science Meets Policy conference at the University of North Carolina. An all-day session is planned and themes for discussion are currently being developed. Both current and prospective Network participants may join. Last year’s meeting brought together nearly 90 individuals from over 70 organizations. To read more about proceedings from the 2010 Annual Meeting, click here. For details on the venue and conference, click here.
With 12 priority areas and three cross-cutting issues, the 6th WWF will cover all aspects of water. Priority Area 1.3 – Contribute to Improved Hygiene and Health through Water and Sanitation – will be coordinated by the World Health Organization and recently the International Forum Board approved seven targets under this area, including:
Target 6: By 2015, 30 additional countries will have established national policies and/or regulations regarding household water treatment and safe storage and point of use water treatment in schools; by 2018, 50 countries will have reached this target; the scale-up process will be based on a gradual and measurable increase of sound evidence of the public health benefits of this approach.
The further development of activities under this target will be coordinated by Michael Forson (UNICEF) and Maggie Montgomery (WHO). They count on the cooperation of all Network participants.
For more information please visit the WWF website.
In November 2010, a seminar was held in Washington DC, USA to wrap-up the Social Marketing Plus for Diarrheal Disease Control: Point-of-Use Water Disinfection and Zinc Treatment Project (POUZN). This was a five year project sponsored by USAID and implemented by the Academy for Educational Development and by Abt Associates in collaboration with Population Services International (PSI). The goal of the POUZN program was to expand the use of point-of-use water disinfection and zinc products for the prevention and treatment of diarrhea through diverse public and private sector channels.
The seminar covered a range of topics, including challenges, priorities, and needed resources on the research and development front; strategies and results of POUZN country activities —including both positive and negative outcomes; lessons learned on sustained adopted of water treatment; and scaling up delivery and use of water purification products. Speakers and panelists included representatives from Abt, AED, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Harvard University, Medentech, PATH, PSI, the University of North Carolina and the World Bank. Download the meeting report and selected presentation materials here.
Final meeting report | Download
1. Professor Mark Sobsey – Review of Evidence for Effectiveness of POU Water Treatment | Download
2. Susan Mitchell – Results and Lessons Learned from the POUZN Project POU Program | Download
3. Cecilia Kwak – Influencing Household Water Treatment Behaviors: What We’ve Learned | Download
4. Christian Winger – Consumer Choice of POU Methods and Sustainable Behavior in India | Download
5. Megan Wilson – Leveraging Multiple Delivery Channels to Scale up of Point of Use Water Treatment | Download
6. Camille Saadé – Partnerships for Sustainable Interventions | Download
7. Kevin O’Callaghan – What do we know? How to move forward? Phase 2 – beyond 2010 | Download
8. Dr. Amrita Ahuja – Chlorine Dispensers for Safe Water: Evidence and the Innovation Process | Download
9. Louis Boorstin – Selected slides from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Download
Note: You can get a closer look at PSI’s participation in the POUZN project in our February 2011 newsletter, which included access to case studies from Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Rwanda. Click here to view
An ongoing evaluation, in conjunction with a national Demographic and Health Survey in Peru, is being conducted to determine the feasibility of a new field test system to quantify faecal indicator bacteria in household drinking water. The test system was developed by Professor Mark Sobsey and colleagues at the University of North Carolina. Through use of chambered, clear plastic bags (multi-volume Most Probable Number approach) E. coli concentrations can be quantified by a colour change that results if bacteria are present in each bag chamber. The evaluation of the field test is being funded by USAID and the study is expected to be completed later in 2011. The goal for such a test is to provide quantitative information on the microbial safety of household water to support UN agencies and other stakeholders who seek to track progress towards the safe water access target of the Millennium Development Goals.