Household Water Newsletter, Issue 11


Greetings,

In this issue we would like to call your attention to four important initiatives: a new report on the MDG drinking water target and key challenges, two surveys being conducted on policies and the enabling environment, and a new blog to monitor the publication of research studies.

As a Network participant and WASH/HWTS stakeholder, we ask that you kindly support these initiatives by contributing your knowledge where possible and sharing the news with your partners, clients and colleagues through twitter, facebook, email and on your organizations’ websites. If you would like assistance or suggestions on this, please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Rowe, Network Communications Officer, at ryanrowe@unc.edu.

Best wishes for 2012 and we look forward to increased momentum and activity in the coming year.

Four Important Initiatives:

1. UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme: Report on Drinking Water Equity, Safety and Sustainability

The UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) released on 20th December 2011 a new thematic report ‘Drinking Water Equity, Safety and Sustainability’. The report investigates access to and use of drinking water in greater detail than is possible in the regular JMP progress reports, and includes increased disaggregation of water service levels and analyses of trends across countries and regions, including those related to water quality and household water treatment. It focuses on the three key challenges of equity, water safety and sustainability. Click here to download the report

2. WHO Survey of National Governments on HWTS – Available in English, French and Spanish

The WHO has developed a short online survey of national government policies around household water treatment. It includes questions on whether HWTS is addressed in national policy, which ministries are involved, how policy is implemented, and how product performance is regulated and evaluated. If you are a government ministry official, or work closely on such matters, we would be grateful for your participation in the survey, which is available in English, Français & Espan͊ol.

3. UNC / PATH / UNICEF Research on Enabling Environment for HWTS

The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in collaboration with PATH and UNICEF, is working on an Enabling environment for HWTS research project that aims to map enabling and obstructing factors to understand how to advance the adoption of HWTS worldwide. Researchers are gathering information from participants via interviews, focus groups and electronic survey responses. Currently they are seeking participants for their electronic survey which will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. Click here to participate in the survey

4. WASHplus: Blog on Household Drinking Water Quality

At the request of USAID, the WASHplus Project is developing a blog to monitor the release of studies around household water treatment, safe storage and household drinking water quality generally. The purpose of the blog is to organize the latest studies and research supported by USAID dating back to 2007 as well as other studies from 2011 and going forward. The blog includes abstracts and links on where to download the publications. Comments and suggestions are welcomed to make the blog a more useful resource for the WASH sector. Click here to visit the blog or email Dan Campbell to provide your feedback.


Contents of this Newsletter

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News
Emergency WASH in Northern Kenya
Local production in Haiti
US Assistance Against Cholera in Haiti
SODIS Newsletter
Renaming of PUR
Scholarships for Water Education

Recent Events
Webinars on WASH for People with Disabilities

Publications
JMP Report on Equity, Safety and Sustainability
Recommendations for Ceramic Filter Manufacturing
Safe Water for the Base of the Pyramid

Education and Work Opportunities
HWTS Training in Poland and Bulgaria
Rotary World Peace Fellowship
USAID – WASH Advisor in Washington DC
USAID – Senior Nutrition and WASH Advisor in Mali
USAID Internships in Washington

Event Calendar


News

  • ACTED: Better hygiene and safer water for 7000 drought-affected Kenyans
  • 2000 schoolchildren and 5000 people in drought-impacted communities in Samburu County, Northern Kenya, will have improved hygiene practices and access to safe water, thanks to an ACTED emergency hygiene promotion project launched this month with funding from UNICEF. Click to read more

  • UNICEF: In Haiti, guarding families from cholera with local water treatment product
  • Up to 35,000 bottles of chlorine solution a week are being produced locally in Haiti by US-based NGO Deep Springs International with support from UNICEF. This supply is helping to meet increasing demand for water treatment products in the fight against the ongoing cholera epidemic in the country. The NGO hopes that the Haitian private sector will emerge to take over production. DSI sells ‘Gadyen Dlo’ through a network of health workers, who sell it for 50 Gourdes (about US$1.25) a bottle, enough to treat 37 five-gallon buckets – an average family’s water supplies for a month and a half. Click to read more

  • US Department of State: US Government Efforts to Fight Cholera in Haiti
  • On October 21, 2010, the Haitian Ministry of Health and Population confirmed cases of cholera for the first time in at least a century. At the request of the Government of Haiti, the CDC and USAID began working with the Ministry and the Pan American Health Organization to lessen the severity of the outbreak. This fact sheets summarizes key accomplishments to date. Click to read more

  • Eawag: Latest issue of SODIS Newsletter
  • The latest SODIS Newsletter from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) provides an update of recent efforts to promote the use of solar disinfection in Bolivia, India, Kenya, Togo and other initiatives such as a SODIS bag. Click to download the newsletter or visit the SODIS website to learn more

  • Procter & Gamble: PuR packets now renamed “P&G Purifier of Water packets”
  • On December 7th, 2011, Procter & Gamble announced its plans to sell its PUR Water Filtration business to Helen of Troy Limited. The sale will not include the water purification technology that enables the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. As part of the change, PuR packets will now be known as “P&G Purifier of Water packets”. The newly branded packets will be introduced in the next 6 to 12 months and the company will work closely with its partners to ensure a smooth transition to the new design. P&G has expressed its committment to long-term, not-for-profit provision of the water purification packets. Click to read more

  • UNESCO & Rotary International: New scholarship programme for water education
  • The global humanitarian organization Rotary and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are teaming up to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the ranks of trained professionals critically needed to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing countries that bear the brunt of the problem. Scholarships will be provided to a limited number of qualified individuals for graduate study at UNESCO-IHE, a United Nations institute in Delft, The Netherlands, that is the world’s largest postgraduate water education facility. Click to read more


    Recent Events

  • Inclusive WASH: People with Disabilities
  • Inclusive WASH is a project led by WaterAid of Australia in collaboration with the WASH Reference Group which aims to provide practical skills and evidence to support practitioners’ implementation of WASH projects that address the needs of all in the community. A variety of social inclusions lenses are considered: gender, disability, HIV/AIDS, and others.

    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. Two webinars were presented during December 2011 focused on this topic.

    The first webinar introduced the concepts and principles of accessible and inclusive WASH, highlighting hardware/software issues and the difference between household level and communal facilities, illustrated by images of practical examples. The second webinar presented in-depth practical examples of 3 different approaches to disability inclusive WASH programs using case studies.

    Recordings of both webinars, the presentations and other resources on this topic are now available online. Click here to access


    Publications

  • UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme: Report on Drinking Water Equity, Safety and Sustainability
  • The UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) released on 20th December 2011 a new thematic report ‘Drinking Water Equity, Safety and Sustainability’. The report investigates access to and use of drinking water in greater detail than is possible in the regular JMP progress reports, and includes increased disaggregation of water service levels and analyses of trends across countries and regions, including those related to water quality and household water treatment. It focuses on the three key challenges of equity, water safety and sustainability. Click here to download the report

  • Best Practice Recommendations for Ceramic Filter Manufacturing
  • In June 2011, the Ceramics Manufacturing Working Group published the first edition of Best Practice Recommendations for Local Manufacturing of Ceramic Pot Filters for Household Water Treatment, with support from the US Centers for Disease Control and PATH. Click here to download the report

  • Aqua For All: Access to Safe Water for the Base of the Pyramid
  • Aqua For All together with Hystra and the BOP Innovation Center collaborated in the development of a report on a diverse set of innovative initiatives providing safe water to the poor. They propose a set of considerations on how access to safe water can be brought to scale taking into account that access to safe water is a universal need and right. Click here to download the report


    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.

  • WASH Advisor, USAID, Washington DC – deadline 13 January 2012
  • USAID is recruiting a WASH Advisor to provide technical leadership to the Agency in WASH, with a special focus on sanitation and indoor air quality. The position is based in Washington, DC. US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required. Click to read more

  • Senior Nutrition and WASH Advisor, USAID, Mali – deadline 9 January 2012
  • USAID is recruiting a Senior Nutrition and WASH Advisor to provide technical leadership to the US$7 million USAID/Mali nutrition and WASH portfolio. The position is based in Bamako, Mali. US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required. Click to read more

  • 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

  • Bangalore World Water Summit: 1–3 February, 2012 in Bangalore, India
  • 6th World Water Forum: 12-17 March, 2012 in Marseille, France
  • World Water Week 2012: 12-17 August, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 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
  • Water Safety Conference: 13-15 November, 2012 in Kampala, Uganda
  • Are you aware of an upcoming international, regional or national event on HWTS? Please tell us by email at hwtsnetwork@unc.edu or hhwater@who.int

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