National HWTS Strategies and Integrated Household Environmental Health Interventions

June 27-29, 2011
Entebbe, Uganda
The Government of Uganda


This three-day workshop was held for participants from several countries in East Africa with the aim of facilitating the development of national action plans on integrated approaches to HWTS and other household environmental health interventions. The workshop was hosted by the Government of Uganda with support from WHO, UNICEF and the University of North Carolina, and organised by a committee from the Government of Uganda (Ministry of State for Health, Ministry of Water and Environment), the Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network, WHO and UNICEF. Nearly 70 participants from eight countries attended representing 40 different institutions.

Summary of Proceedings

Workshop activities included presentations, panel sessions and group discussions on areas such as a review of country-specific progress on HWTS, identification of strategies for strengthening enabling environments, examples of success and good practices on integrated household environmental health interviews, the importance of monitoring and evaluation, and development of national action plans.

Key Outcomes

National action plans

Government officials, project implementers, community health care workers and researchers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda collaborated within national teams to develop action plans for scaling up HWTS in their countries. UNICEF and WHO committed seed money to the teams to enable the finalisation and initial implementation of these plans, subject to their review and discussion with relevant national stakeholders and formal submission by the respective country representatives.

Knowledge and information exchange

Various advocacy efforts being conducted by Network participants came to light. These include the HWTS Technical Working Group activities and draft monitoring and evaluation guidelines being led by the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation in Kenya, which has agreed to share this work with the Network. In addition, participants expressed interest in establishing an East Africa Chapter of the Network. This effort would be in the vein of establishing greater South-South collaboration, communication and information sharing among a peer group of countries that have similar challenges. The Network Secretariat is ready to provide support to regional leaders who would like to take this initiative forward.

  1. Final report of workshop | Download

Presentations from Day 1

  1. Daniele Lantagne – Evaluating HWTS: From evidence to action | Download
  2. Michael Forson – HWTS: From technology through policy to scale | Download
  3. Maggie Montgomery – HWTS Network, Phase II (2011-2016) Strategy and Activities | Download
  4. Waltaji Terfa – Status of HWTS in Ethiopia | Download
  5. John Kariuki – Status of HWTS in Kenya | Download
  6. J Paul Nsagiyaomba – Water safety and related impacts in Rwanda | Download
  7. Nadhifa S Kenykimba – Household water treatment plans & policies in Tanzania | Download
  8. Zephaniah Mukalere – The Water School Program | Download
  9. Greg Allgood – Integration of POU water treatment into schools, HIV/AIDS, WASH & nutrition programs | Download
  10. Dennis Kakooza – Household water treatment & storage among PHAs | Download
  11. Pasquine Ogunsanya – Presentation to the Regional HWTS Workshop | Download

Presentations from Day 2

  1. Heather Adair-Rohani – Status of stoves, health & global guidance | Download
  2. Ronald Otieno Nyagol – Integration of HWTS & indoor air quality | Download
  3. Peter Buyungo – Monitoring HWTS in the field | Download
  4. Daniele Lantagne – Monitoring & evaluation of HWTS | Download
  5. Jan Heeger – HWTS in emergencies | Download
  6. Maggie Montgomery – Towards common and credible HWTS monitoring indicators and frameworks | Download

Presentations from Day 3

  1. Daniele Lantagne – PEPFAR and other cases | Download

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