Earlier this month at the 6th World Water Forum in France, the World Health Organization convened sessions on HWTS and cholera prevention. The sessions were well attended and much fruitful discussion took place. We appreciated the efforts of the many Network participants who contributed to these discussions. We are preparing a summary of the proceedings and hope to release this shortly. For an informal account of our activities, visit our twitter feed and scroll back to the updates from March 11-14.
In this newsletter, we provide a link to the 2012 update report from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation released in March. The JMP reported that the MDG target 7c on drinking water had been met as of the end of 2010 although at least hundreds of millions of people remain without access to improved sources of water. Furthermore the global picture hides disparities between regions, within countries between rural and urban settings, between the rich and the poor, and the burden of fetching water that usually falls on women and girls. The report acknowledges the challenges of determining the safety and reliability of water supplies within the current framework and mentions the ongoing efforts to develop a post-2015 set of indicators (which include water quality) and monitoring methods that take into account the human right to water (and sanitation). In this context, the urgency and importance of household water treatment and the Network’s activities become even more clear.
This month we are inviting all Network participants to review and comment on the toolkit for monitoring and evaluation of HWTS which is currently being prepared by WHO and UNICEF. The deadline to submit comments is 20 April. The toolkit is intended for use in the field and we want to make it as practical and useful for you as possible. Please join the discussion.
Due to a strong response, we are going to continue running the Network survey on HWTS research efforts through the month of April. We have nearly 100 responses so far! If you have not yet had a chance, please take the survey.
Finally, we would like to congratulate our colleagues at Fundacion SODIS / SODIS Foundation for winning UN Water’s Water for Life Award in the category of “Best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practices” for a project in Bolivia which included water treatment and storage as an important component. Excited to see the award go to one of our own! You can read more below.
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WHO and UNICEF have just released the latest draft of “A toolkit for monitoring and evaluating household water treatment and safe storage programs”, following feedback received from Network participants during 2011.
The purpose of the document is to provide a means for those in the field to better measure process and impact of their work on HWTS and improve knowledge of what works in what context. The document includes HWTS indicators, design and implementation of M&E efforts, and use and application of results. Annexes include practical tools, including information on testing chlorine residual, sampling microbiological indicators, and sample monitoring and evaluation surveys.
Further comment and input is requested on a number of areas: i) usefulness and applicability to the field; ii) indicators for monitoring and evaluating correct and consistent use; and iii) case studies of M&E and additional links and references to additional resources. You are encouraged to submit examples and suggestions for these case studies!
The deadline for this round of comments is 20 April. The document should be finalized and published by the end of 2012. Download the toolkit || Post your comments here (Note that you need access to EZCollab to access the document. Email us if you need assistance.)
Due to continued strong response, we have extended the deadline for the survey of research activities on HWTS until 30 April and plan to share the results in May. 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. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and we encourage you to share it with your colleagues. Click here to access the survey
On 22 March 2012 (World Water Day), Fundacion SODIS was awarded the ‘WATER FOR LIFE’ UN-WATER BEST PRACTICES AWARD for 2012 in the category of “Best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practices”. The project, titled A communication strategy for social and behavior change through the promotion of three key practices and the adequate use of services in four municipalities of the Department of Cochabamba, Bolivia, will be documented on video and included in the UN’s database on good practices. (We have requested a link to this resource – watch this space!)
The intervention strategy emphasized community empowerment and hygiene promotion, with water treatment and safe storage as a key activity. Further details about the project objective, intervention strategies, and results achieved are available here. You can also contact Matthias Saladin directly with questions.
On World Water Day, Procter & Gamble and leading humanitarian organization, CARE, announced a plan to provide more than 100 million liters of clean drinking water in Kenya and Ethiopia through an investment of over $1 million. The collaboration will support CARE’s distribution of P&G water purification packets to reach over 350,000 people through community-based programs in schools and clinics in Kenya and in areas affected by severe drought in Ethiopia. The effort will also pre-position packets for emergency response. Click to read more
In July 2011, the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund provided funding support to the Nigerian Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to some 10,000 beneficiaries affected by cholera in Bauchi and Plateau state. Household water treatment played a major role and the final report of the two month intervention is available online. Click to read more
From October 2009 until November 2011, the Philippine Red Cross delivered assistance to communities affected by typhoons Ketsana and Parma of 2009 and reached 46,700 families (233,500 people). Among the activities, PRC distributed and explained the use of 12,500 units of liquid chlorine (hyposol) for household water treatment to those in need and recruited, trained and mobilized 590 community health volunteers and 14 monitoring officers to conduct a baseline assessment and conduct hygiene promotion sessions with affected communities. Click to read more
The 6th international Forum of the Rural Water Supply Network took place in Kampala 29th November – 2nd December 2011. The participants in the forum numbered 480 from 54 countries, and were drawn from
national and local governments, academia, NGOs and CBOs, the private sector and development partners. A key output of the forum was the development of a statement of commitments. In addition 30 sessions were held for which specific outcomes and actionable steps were defined. The theme of self-supply is one area where household water treatment intersects and where the HWTS Network hopes to identify areas for collaboration with RWSN. Visit the Forum website || Download the Forum report
This Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation reports every two years on access to drinking water and sanitation worldwide and on progress towards related targets under Millennium Development Goal 7 ‘to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation’. The estimates presented in the 2012 report describe the situation as of end-2010 and supersede those of the JMP update published in March 2010. Monitoring draws on the findings of household surveys and censuses usually supported by national statistics bureaus. Download the report
During March 2012, WASHplus published links on its blog to publications in the following subject areas related to HWTS: systematic review of behavior change research, natural treatment methods, water quality and the MDGs, private sector participation, integrated health interventions, ceramic water purifiers, and country-specific research on China, Kenya, and Nicaragua. Visit the WASHplus blog
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 Espanol
Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities
WaterSHED-Cambodia seeks a Communications Specialist to help ensure the implementation of internal and external communications, support the dissemination of WaterSHED-Cambodia’s work and findings, and raise awareness of program activities in order to spur new partnerships with government, local organizations, and international stakeholders. The Communications Specialist will also support internal learning and information sharing among program staff. The deadline for applications is 9th April. Click here to learn more
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
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.