At the 6th World Water Forum in two weeks’ time, the WHO will be hosting sessions on cholera and household water treatment. We are looking forward to seeing those Network participants who have already confirmed their attendance. If you are planning to be there, please let us know by contacting Maggie Montgomery (firstname.lastname@example.org) who is the coordinator of the HWTS target and session. Please have a look at the attached flyer to learn more about the plans for the session.
Researchers, you are invited to participate in the new Network survey on HWTS research efforts. It should take no more than 20 minutes. Contributing a brief summary of your work plans for 2012 will enable the development of a research agenda to address gaps in the evidence base. 38 respondents have already completed the survey and we hope to capture a global picture of what research is being done in our field so please share it with your colleagues at home and abroad. Full survey results will be shared in April 2012. Click here to take the survey.
During the month of February we surpassed 1000 subscribers on our mailing list and now have over 100 followers on our twitter feed. If you are not yet subscribed to our dynamic social media portal, please follow us! This will help us share your work widely with others.
Finally, as promised, this newsletter links to the proceedings of two webinars announced last month which some had trouble attending. We have also updated the WASH/Health event calendar for 2012 and shared news of attractive education and funding opportunities. Best wishes to those who seek to take advantage of these.
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Contents of this Newsletter
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Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities
Travel Funding for Water & Health 2012
Five £100,000 Water Prizes Available
Rotary World Peace Fellowship
Fifteen Scholarships for WEDC
Rotary Scholarships for Water/Sanitation
WASH Management Job in Alaska
The Network’s Knowledge Advancement Working Group would like to invite you to complete a brief survey of your research activities on HWTS. Your input will aid in developing a research agenda to address gaps in the evidence base. The survey is intended for those involved in systematic investigations of HWTS, whether it be for academic purposes or to assess the outcomes and impact of an HWTS intervention or policy. Survey is open until March 22, 2012 (World Water Day). Click here to access the survey
Do you have an example of Monitoring & Evaluation of HWTS in practice? WHO and UNICEF would like to include a few in the new toolkit. It could be a community-managed M&E program or a national-level government-led approach – both are desired. Ideally it would highlight who conducted the monitoring activities, what indicators were used, how the data was compiled and analysed, and how it was applied to improve HWTS programme delivery and outcomes. Please send a brief description (approx 150 words) to Maggie Montgomery (email@example.com) and Michael Forson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 March. Here’s a sample of what we’re looking for: Voluntary Community and Household Drinking Water Quality Surveillance Efforts in Thailand
On 27 January 2012, the Network’s Advisory Group and Public-private Partnership Group jointly held their second meeting. 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, read the terms of reference for these groups, and download the minutes of their recent proceedings at the HWTS communications portal. Click to visit
Dengue incidence has increased 30-fold in the last 50 years. An estimated 50 million infections occur annually and approximately 2.5 billion people are at risk. The disease is now endemic in more than 100 countries in Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, South-east Asia, and the Western Pacific. Several WHO Regions have initiated strategies to prevent and control dengue and globally WHO is developing a comprehensive strategy for dengue prevention and control (2012-2020). One key aspect of this strategy is the role of community and household water management in controlling the vector of dengue, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Properly fitting water storage lids and regular cleaning of water storage containers have been associated with a significant decrease in Aedes Aegypti breeding sites. Additional research is needed to better understand household water management in controlling not only Dengue but other communicable diseases. Click here to read the WHO Fact Sheet
23 February 2012 – A year after the cholera epidemic was declared in Haiti, ACTED still strives to stabilize the sanitation situation in the long term. With the innovative “Antenna Wata” machines developed by Network Member Antenna Technologies, ACTED has been developing chlorination activities in highly affected Bas Artibonite. ACTED set up 25 Antenna Wata chlorination machines which help to produce chlorine locally by salt water electrolysis, which can then be used for water purification or as a disinfection solution.Click to read more on ReliefWeb | Learn more about Antenna Wata
On 15th February, Jennifer Greene, President of the American Evaluation Association, and Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, gave a webinar on the topic of “Values-engaged Evaluation”. Performing evaluation intrinsically involves judgments of quality. This exercise is thus inherently based on values, which are often not named or claimed. Evaluation design can advance a variety of values, such as use, accountability, causal knowledge about outcomes, social justice, and equity. This webinar seeks to identify how and where such values come into play when planning and performing programme evaluations. Click here to access the webinar recording and presentation slides
Previous webinars have focused on disability, gender, and HIV. This final webinar will look at experiences of reaching other marginalised groups, with contributions from practitioners, and draw out some common lessons. It will then focus on scaling up good practice on inclusive WASH, and different mechanisms for making sure the principles of inclusion become “business as usual” in the WASH sector. It will explore the links between equity and inclusion and the human rights to water and sanitation and how to use developments in post 2015 monitoring to ensure equity and inclusion is fully embedded in WASH. Louisa Gosling, Equity and Inclusion focal point for WaterAid UK, led the webinar. Click here to access the webinar recording, presentation slides and other materials
PATH organized a Dissemination Workshop of its Safe Water Project at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on January 19-20, 2012. Through the Safe Water Project, it is seeking complementary solutions to sustainability and scale-up by exploring the potential for commercial enterprises to produce, distribute, sell, and maintain HWTS consumer products to low-income populations. The workshop shared learnings and tools from PATH’s Safe Water Project and presented the experiences of other organizations that are leveraging market-based approaches to achieve a sustainable public health impact. Click here to learn more
During February 2012, WASHplus published links on its blog to publications in the following subject areas related to HWTS: simulation model analysis, chemical and metal contaminant removal, geo-coded water-related disease outbreaks, solar disinfection, demand generation, domestic water containers, systematic analysis of behavior change, linkages between water quality and child health. Visit the WASHplus blog
Developed by the Water, ENgineering, and Development Centre at Loughborough University, this booklet examines the range of domestic water containers commonly found in low-income countries and explores the role that water containers have in ensuring that household water supplies are adequate and safe. It also explains why planning for a water supply system should not end at the public tap or village well but extend to the place where the water is used. Understanding the ways in which people use water containers and designing the supply system to take account of this will help engineers to provide a better and safer service. Download the booklet
This brief presents the strategic approach and framework developed by the SWP team for demand generation activities for household water treatment products. The approach is based on a review of major marketing and behavior change concepts and on an examination of demand generation strategies used to market goods such as toothpaste, cookstoves, and soap to low-income consumers around the world. The brief also describes how SWP pilots in Cambodia, India, Kenya, and Vietnam have applied the framework to generate demand for various types of HWTS products. Download the report
The International Water and Sanitation Research Centre and Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor have released a discussion paper ahead of their session at the World Water Forum in two weeks. The paper discusses how identifying and implementing water and sanitation financing solutions that genuinely reach the poorest remains a key challenge in low-income countries worldwide, in both rural and urban contexts. N The paper also gives examples of possible solutions and 13 case studies are included. Download the discussion paper
Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities
March 15, 2012 is the early deadline for abstract submissions from authors from low- and middle- income countries seeking scholarships for the 2012 Water and Health Conference. At least six scholarships are available, half of which will be given preferentially to those who submit prior to March 15th. The top prize is a full scholarship covering travel, lodging and conference registration. Additional information about the scholarships may be found here. To submit an abstract please visit the Water and Health conference website.
The Stone Family Foundation, a UK based organization, is offering up to five £100,000 prizes for innovation and entrepreneurship in water. They are looking for initiatives based in sub-Saharan Africa and South and South-East Asia that are developing sustainable and effective services to get clean drinking water to people who need it. This could be: marketing and selling low-cost household water purification technology, or using mobile phone technology to process water kiosk payments cheaply. The Stone Prize is open to all organisations and individuals that meet its criteria. There may be up to five prizes, and the winner(s) will receive £100,000 each. Applications will be received until 22 March, 2012. 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.
The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) are pleased to announce partial funding opportunities for up to 15 scholars to study by distance learning the four modules that make up a Postgraduate Certificate in areas such as Water and Environmental Management, Water and Waste Engineering, and Infrastructure in Emergencies. A ‘confirmed offer’ of a place on the relevant programme needs to be received before a scholarship can be applied for. Study will start on 15th July 2012. The deadline for applications is 25th April. Click here to download further details
Rotary and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education have teamed up to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries. Through this partnership, The Rotary Foundation will provide grants to Rotary clubs and districts to select and sponsor 8 students each year for graduate level studies. Click here to learn more
The US CDC has asked us to share this posting. Alaska Native and American Indian (AN/AI) people suffer from the highest rates of various water-related diseases in the US. To address this disparity, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has obtained funding to establish a center to expand the water and sanitation services available for AN/AI people and service providers. The center is recruiting a manager / director for the center. The ideal candidate will substantial research experience, knowledge of water/sanitation issues, experience with indigenous populations, and fundraising abilities.Click here to learn more
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 an education, job, or funding opportunity with the Network please contact Ryan Rowe, Network Communications Officer, for assistance.