Please note the following news on Network activities:
1) The Network’s four working groups have finalised their plans of activity for the coming year and you may download the document from the announcements section below. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to get involved in one of these groups.
2) We have prepared a summary of the activities of the Network Secretariat (WHO, UNICEF, and UNC) during 2011 so you can see what has been keeping us busy (see announcements below). We encourage you to share your comments on what you would like to see more of (and less of).
3) The WHO survey of national policies around HWTS continues. Data collected will help establish a baseline figure from which to measure progress toward the Network’s target of 30 countries with HWTS policies or strategies by 2015. Please share widely with your contacts in water and health ministries or departments at the national government level of the countries you work in. The survey is available in English, Français & Espan͊ol.
Wishing you all the best.
Network Communications Officer
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The Network Secretariat has prepared a brief summary of its major activities between January 2011 and December 2011. The document also contains proposed activities for the coming year. These will be further updated and refined with input from the Advisory Group, Public-private Partnership Group and Working Group. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Download the report
The Network’s four working groups have finalized their work plan of activity for 2012. The working groups are focused on four key areas: Research and knowledge advancement; Policy, advocacy, and communications; Implementation, integration, and scaling up; and Monitoring, mapping and evaluation.
Network members continue to contribute to the planning for the HWTS session at the World Water Forum which will take place 14 March 14:30-16:30 in Marseille, France. The session will focus on the target for 2015 of having 30 countries with national policies regarding household water treatment and safe storage. This session will focus on the importance of these policies and how to better link policy with proven solutions and effective implementation and regulation. Those Network members that are attending the WWF are asked to contact Maggie Montgomery (firstname.lastname@example.org) who is the coordinator of the HWTS target and session.
In October 2011, the Network’s Advisory Group and Public-private Partnership Group held their inaugural meetings. These groups were established to provide guidance to the Network Secretariat on various matters. You can learn more about the Network Secretariat and the AG/PPG and download the minutes of the proceedings at the HWTS communications portal. Click to visit
Proceedings of past Network conferences and meetings are now available in a centralised location on the HWTS communications portal. Presentations from these Network gatherings have been loaded to date: Istanbul (2009), Jakarta (2008), Accra (2008), Addis Ababa (2007), Nairobi (2007), London (2006), Nairobi (2004), and Washington DC (2003). Over the coming days and weeks we will be adding the proceedings of other Network gatherings, and where available, the minutes and summary reports of these. Visit the archive
In previous newsletters, we’ve referred you to the online resources of Inclusive WASH, a project led by WaterAid of Australia in collaboration with the WASH Reference Group. Over the last two months, the project has hosted several webinars looking at WASH through the social inclusion lenses of gender, disability, and HIV/AIDS. The next webinar will address access to WASH for the poorest of the poor, dealing with the human rights based approach and equity issues. It will be held on 22 February 2012 at 6pm Melbourne Australia time. For those who cannot make it, a recording will be posted online after the event.Click here to learn more
The following events in 2012 currently have open calls for abstracts on topics related to HWTS, WASH, and other areas:
- Stockholm World Water Week: Deadline for abstracts 15 Feb 2012; Conference from 26-31 August 2012
- Water & Health 2012: Where Science Meets Policy: Deadline for abstracts 30 April 2012; Conference from 29 October to 2 November 2012
- 61st Annual Meeting of American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: Deadline for Abstracts 1 May 2012; Conference from 11-15 November 2012
- IWA Water Safety Conference: Deadline for Abstracts 30 March 2012; Conference from 13-15 November 2012
Alice and her children are one of many families who have received treatment for diarrhoeal diseases from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In partnership with Kenya’s Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, IOM’s mobile medical rapid response teams go to hard-to-reach mobile communities in Turkana. Equipped with re-hydration sachets, chlorine water treatment tablets, de-worming tablets, and drugs for common medical conditions, the teams distribute much needed medication and conduct mass de-worming campaigns. Click to read more on ReliefWeb
UNICEF is helping address both the immediate needs of cholera patients and the long-term causes of cholera through support to Cholera Treatment Centres. UNICEF is also helping organize mass communication campaigns to raise awareness of important hygiene practices. Families in areas at risk are also receiving safe water access through water chlorination points and free water purification tablets. And the ‘Healthy Villages’ programme, a government programme supported by UNICEF, is helping communities defend against cholera through improved water infrastructure and hygiene, sanitation and behavioral changes. Click to read more on ReliefWeb
The Safe Water and AIDS Project, based in Kisumu, Kenya, released its 2011 Annual Report this week. Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) is a non-governmental organization based in Western Kenya that engages HIV support and self-help groups to promote and sell water treatment and other health products as an income generating activity that also benefits the wider community. Click to download the Annual Report or visit the SWAP website to learn more
Procter & Gamble launched a new facebook page and interactive website to increase awareness of its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program and the efforts of its partners around the world. There are new videos, photos and links to a blog and twitter account to follow CSDW efforts as they happen. You can also sign-up to get a new CSDW newsletter from the website. Visit the new facebook page | Visit the new website
During 2010 and 2011, a steering committee of local and international stakeholders in Malawi conducted policy analysis to identify key strengths and weaknesses in the country’s approach to diarrhoeal disease control and recommended a set of next steps to tackle the problem. This note provides an overview of the process taken, the challenges identified, and a road map for overcoming these challenges. PATH continues to support these efforts. If your organisation is interested in getting involved, please contact us and we will put you in touch. Download the note
Vestergaard Frandsen and the Boston University Center for Global Health & Development collaborated to bring together experts on HWTS at a conference held in Boston, last Friday 27 January. The conference aimed to facilitate a conversation around challenges and innovations in safe water, promote the use of HWTS technologies and methods, and discuss creative financing models that will support sustainable programs. The conference organisers have loaded the presentations online here. You can also download the agenda and get a detailed update of the discussions online.
Safe Water and AIDS Project has for the sixth year been involved in the organisation of the World AIDS Marathon in Kisumu, Kenya on 1 December 2011. They also support the event with various activities including the provision of safe drinking water to runners and the public by the community self-help groups which SWAP supports. They have published a report of the event on on the web, along with a vibrant photo album with some beautiful shots of the event. Marathon organisers made use of social / online media (Google sites, twitter, facebook) which are very
effective (and free) ways to spread the word. Click to read more
During January 2012, WASHplus published links on its blog to publications in the following subject areas related to HWTS: delivery models, HWTS evaluation studies, implementation in emergency settings, market feasibility, microbial quality analysis, new/emerging/alternate treatment methods, public-private partnership models, risk management & decision-making and, safe storage interventions. Visit the WASHplus blog
The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication has released its eighth 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
Education and Work Opportunities
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 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.
For more job listings in the WASH sector, please refer to the WASH Vacancies Blog or the Relief Web Jobs site. If you are a registered Network participant and you wish to share a job posting with the Network please contact Ryan Rowe, Network Communications Officer, for assistance.