Household Water Newsletter, Issue 10


We’re pleased to bring you our round-up of news, publications and recent events relevant to the HWTS community for the month of November. Please take a moment to browse the items we have selected to share with you and let us know if you have any questions.

In particular, we have included links to the reports and proceedings of recent events in the USA, Philippines and Kenya, as well as a recent webinar by UNICEF on issues of equity in program planning. We have selected a few of the links shared through our twitter feed over the last month or so. If you would like to get the scoop on these as and when they are released, please follow us on twitter @household_water.

As always, we welcome contributions from Network participants. Please contact if you have news to share, job vacancies, or reports of your work in HWTS that you would like to disseminate to Network participants.

We are also pleased to announce that we have released a list of the Network’s participating organisations on the Network communications portal. The list is up to date as of 1 December 2011 and reflects all organizations who have completed the Participant Survey on the WHO website. Please check the list to make sure that your organization is listed and spelled correctly. If you would like to contact any other Network Participant listed on the site, please contact Ryan Rowe, Network Communications Officer to express your interest.

Contents of this Newsletter

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HWTS Twitter Feed
WHO Survey of National Governments
Turkey Water Prize
Upcoming Webinar

Cholera in the Congo
Thailand Floods
Video on HWTS in Cambodia
PuR in the Philippines
New head of Sanitation & Water for All

Recent Events
Network Workshop in East Africa
HWTS Workshop in Chapel Hill
Philippines Conference
World AIDS Marathon in Kenya
Rural Water Supply Forum in Uganda
UNICEF Webinar on Equity in Program Planning

UN Review of Water and Sanitation
Case Study on PuR

Education and Work Opportunities
HWTS Training in Poland and Bulgaria
Rotary World Peace Fellowship
USAID Internships in Washington

Event Calendar


  • Follow the Network on twitter @household_water
  • The Network launched a twitter feed on October 1 and since then has issued over 100 tweets on topics related to HWTS. Please follow us at @household_water and share your news with us using the hashtag #HWTS.

  • World Health Organization: Survey of National Governments on HWTS – Available in English, French and Spanish
  • International targets on establishing national policies supporting HWTS have been articulated in the Strategy of the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage. World Water Forum 2012 materials also refer to these targets. In order to inform efforts related to achieving these targets WHO has developed a short online survey. National water and health officers as well as those working closely with such individuals are asked to complete the survey which can be accessed in English, Français & Espan͊ol.

  • Republic of Turkey: Prime Minister’s Water Prize of US$25,000 – Deadline 1 January 2012
  • Ahead of the 6th World Water Forum in France in March 2012, the Republic of Turkey is inviting applications for a Water Prize with a theme of “innovative solutions for challenging water problems”. The Prize aims to honor individuals/organizations in promoting applicable scientific studies, new methods or approaches, technological innovations, awareness building, and regional cooperation on water issues. Prize value is 50,000 Turkish liras or approximately US$50,000. Click here to learn more

  • Inclusive WASH: Webinar on WASH for People With Disabilities – 7 December & 14 December 2012
  • Inclusive WASH is a project led by WaterAid of Australia in collaboration with the WASH Reference Group. People with a disability represent the largest socially excluded group globally and most live without access to basic sanitary services, which can exacerbate impairments and poverty. This session will review the WASH needs of people living with disabilities, discuss processes to identify communities’ access needs and introduce the adaptive technologies available for WASH projects. This session will comprise two webinars, both of which will be originating from Melbourne, Australia so please note your corresponding local time.Click here to learn more


  • ReliefWeb: CERF allocates $1.3 million to mitigate cholera in the Congo
  • In November 2011 the Central Emergency Response Fund allocated more than $1.3 million to UNICEF and WHO in response to a cholera outbreak in the Congo. Click to read more

  • UNICEF: Ramps up efforts to help flood victims in Thailand
  • UNICEF is distributing more than 300,000 hygiene and sanitation items to flood-affected families in Thailand in an effort to prevent the spread of communicable diseases in the country. Click here to learn more

  • WaterSHED Asia: Video – consumer preferences and uptake of household water treatment products in Cambodia
  • In Cambodia, unsafe drinking water is one of the root causes of excess morbidity and mortality. Clean drinking water is essential to improving people’s lives, both physically and economically. Multiple point-of-use (POU) water treatment methods are now available commercially in Cambodia and a richer understanding of the motivations, opportunities and abilities to invest in commercially available POU water treatment products will provide insights into effective pathways for product promotion. Click to learn more

  • Procter & Gamble and World Vision provide PUR in Philippines
  • In December 2011, Procter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program announced that it will provide, in collaboration with World Vision, 34 million liters of clean water to more than 25,000 people in rural areas of Mindinao in the Surigao regions where people have to gather water from open sources. The effort will focus on behavior change on clean water and hygiene using existing World Vision access into communities and working closely with the government and Baranguay Health Workers. This initial effort will provide 3.4 million P&G water purification packets and 75,000 bars of Safeguard soap. Click here to learn more

  • Former Ghanaian leader to head UN-backed partnership on water and sanitation
  • The former Ghanaian president John Agyekum Kufuor will head the United Nations-backed partnership known as Sanitation and Water for All, which works to achieve universal and sustainable access to decent sanitation and drinking water. Click here to learn more

    Recent Events

  • Network Workshop on HWTS and Environmental Health in Entebbe, Uganda; Report and proceedings available for download
  • Held in June 2011, this three-day workshop was organised 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. Hosted by WHO, UNICEF and UNC Chapel Hill in collaboration with a local organising committee of government and non-governmental organisations. Click here for the full report and proceedings of the workshop

  • HWTS Workshop at Water & Health 2011 in Chapel Hill; Update and further information available
  • At the Water & Health Conference in Chapel Hill, USA in October 2011, PATH hosted a lively, well-attended workshop focused on increasing access to HWTS products. PATH and partners from Cascade Designs, Medentech, and Hindustan Unilever updated the attendees on progress with new product development and new approaches to provision.

    Workshop participants built upon discussion generated by an earlier panel presentation by PATH on the results of the Safe Water Project market based distribution pilots. Many ideas were proposed and discussed at the workshop including local NGOs’ need for support and technical assistance for setting up production or distribution channels that reflect best practices that have been developed, refined and proven.

    The standout idea focused on the challenge of reaching scale with HWTS at a level that significantly impacts health. Michael Gately of Medentech suggested that we focus on scale and high uptake rates for the most vulnerable populations. While uptake rates across the entire population may still be low, if high uptake can be achieved within the most vulnerable populations the health impact can be maximized. Examples of vulnerable populations are households with children under 5 who make less than $2 per day or people with HIV.

    UNC and PATH organized a breakout discussion on Enabling Environments at the country level. Edema Ojomo from UNC facilitated a focus group discussion on factors that influence the Enabling Environment and will be conducting follow on interviews over the next year with key global and country level stakeholders. The results of this assessment process will be presented at the 2012 UNC Water and Health Conference. This activity parallels country policy surveys on HWTS currently being conducted by WHO.

    The workshop concluded with a highly interactive set of demonstrations by various manufacturers of HWTS products including gravity fed filters, ceramic water pots, and Aquatabs. Detailed information on new HWTS product development efforts discussed at the session can be accessed via the links below.

    Three New Water Filters for Low-Income Households

    In October 2011, PATH and four partner companies—Cascade Designs, Inc.; Dukang, Inc.; Ningbo Clean, Inc.; and PureEasy, Inc.—announced the development of new water filters for low-income households in developing countries. The new water filters have been designed to provide a breakthrough user experience for low-income consumers in developing countries, leveraging design guidelines developed by PATH through extensive field research, and requiring no pipe connection or electricity. Key benefits include user-centered design, standardization, and affordability. Click here to learn more

    Newly Designed Ceramic Water Pot for Low-Income Households

    This project brief summarizes the work that PATH undertook with Hydrologic (a Cambodian manufacturer of ceramic water pots) and CAD-Based Solutions (a Seattle design firm) to improve Hydrologic’s CWP to increase sales and use among low- and middle-income consumers and to help build a sustainable market for the product. | Download project brief

  • Philippines National Conference on HWTS; Report and proceedings available for download
  • In September 2011, the Government of the Philippines hosted a national conference on HWTS in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific Region. The main objective of the
    conference was to provide an update on the national status of HWTS, convene workshops to identify the bottlenecks affecting HWTS implementation at the national, local and community levels and make recommendations for these, and discuss strategy for the National HWTS Network for the Philippines. The final report of the conference and proceedings is available for download below.

    Final Conference Report | Download

    List of Annexes
    Annex 1: List of participants | Download
    Annex 2: Programme of activities | Download
    Annex 3: Lilibeth David – Welcome remarks | Download
    Annex 4: Terrence Thompson – National HWTS Policies: Towards scalable health solutions | Download
    Annex 5: Grieve – Taking HWTS to Scale: The Case of Ghana | Download
    Annex 6: Bonifacio Magtibay – Overview of Monitoring and Evaluation for HWTS Programs | Download
    Annex 6A: DRAFT Monitoring & Evaluation Toolkit for HWTS
    Annex 7: Joselito Riego De Dios – An Assessment of HWTS Implementation in the Philippines | Download
    Annex 8: Viterbo – HWTS by Plan International | Download
    Annex 9: Lee – Communities United Through Water | Download
    Annex 10: Doctor – Hyposol for Safe Water | Download
    Annex 11: Event Photos | Download

  • World AIDS Marathon in Kisumu, Kenya
  • The World AIDS Marathon took place on 1 December 2011 in Kisumu, Kenya with at least 700 runners registered. Network participant Safe Water and AIDS Project is on the organizing committee along with other international and local organisations. Volunteers from SWAP’s HIV support groups managed water stations along the route, as a way to promote the use of safe and treated water. SWAP also engaged Population Services International to provide support to condom demonstrations and logistics and transportation during the event. Click to learn more

  • Rural Water Supply Network Forum in Kampala, Uganda
  • The 6th RWSN Forum kicked off on Tuesday 29th November 2011 for three days (plus a day for field trips and extra workshops). News, blog articles, photos and other material are being posted regularly on their blog. Click to read more

  • UNICEF Webinar on Program Theories and Logframes; Recording and proceedings available for download
  • On 22 November 2011, UNICEF hosted a webinar on the topic of “Program theories and LogFrames to evaluate pro-poor and equity programs”. The speakers were Patricia ROGERS, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and Richard HUMMELBRUNNER, Independent Consultant. You can now watch a recording of the webinar online and download a copy of the presentation materials. Click here to learn more


  • United Nations Bimonthly Publications Review on water and sanitation
  • The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication has released its seventh issue of its Bimonthly Publications Review in English and Spanish. This Review features the latest publications produced by UN agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation. These publications are all free and can be downloaded from the web. Download the latest review in English | en Espan͊ol

  • UNC Kenan-Flager Business School case study on Procter & Gamble’s PuR Water Purifier
  • This is a teaching case prepared by faculty from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2008. The case presents the range of business models that P&G has explored for the sales
    and distribution of PuR. The case also presents the risks and hurdles inherent in these projects, as well as implications for their potential scalability to other countries/regions. Through this case, students may gain insight into both the challenges and significant opportunities in addressing the needs of low-income consumers in emerging markets. Click here to download

    Education and Work Opportunities

  • Household Water Treatment Training, redR UK & Austrian Red Cross, Poland in March 2012 & Bulgaria in October 2012
  • This training initiative is funded by the European Union and aims to build humanitarian capacity in new EU states. Participants should have background/experience in water & sanitation. Click here to learn more

  • Rotary World Peace Fellowship, Rotary Foundation, Global – deadline March 2012
  • Rotary World Peace Fellowship Program provides fully funded fellowships through the Rotary Peace Centers, a program of the Rotary Foundation. The funding supports a master’s degree including tuition & fees, a living stipend, a summer internship, conference & research funding, and travel to and from the home country. All applicants must be sponsored by a Rotary district and application deadlines vary. For full eligibility information and more information about the application process click here.

  • Internships in Washington DC for Summer 2012, USAID, USA – deadline mid to late January 2012
  • The Global Health Fellows Program II will have a number of exciting internships in summer 2012. These positions will be located in USAID’s Global Health Bureau in Washington, DC. US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required. Click to read more

    For more job listings in the WASH sector, please refer to the WASH Vacancies Blog. If you wish to make a submission please contact Ryan Rowe, Network Communications Officer for assistance.

    Event Calendar

  • Webinar on Inclusive WASH for People with Disabilities: 7 December & 14 December, 2011
  • 6th World Water Forum: 12-17 March, 2012 in Marseille, France
  • IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2012: 16-21 September, 2012 in Busan, South Korea
  • Water & Health 2012: 29 October – 2 November, 2012 in Chapel Hill, USA
  • Are you aware of an upcoming international, regional or national event on HWTS? Please tell us by email at or

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