This month I would like to call your attention to three items in our newsletter where we are asking for your assistance:
UNICEF Global Mapping Project: UNICEF is currently mapping the enabling environment, HWTS programming, and the general status of HWTS in each country and is asking for you to contribute your knowledge about one or more countries in an online survey which will take no more than 10 minutes. The output will be a country profile that will enable UNICEF and Network members to devise country and regional support strategies. Click for more details
Rotary Fellowship and Water Institute: Until July 1, Rotary is inviting applications for its Peace Fellowship programme, and has teamed up with the Water Institute at UNC to identify candidates who may qualify from a fully-funded two year scholarship for graduate studies on topics related to water, sanitation, and hygiene. Do you know someone in the field who would be interested? Click for more details
INHWTS South African Regional Workshop, Maputo, Mozambique: From June 20-22, the Network in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique is hosting a workshop focused on development and implementation of HWTS policies and strategies for three Southern African countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia). Are you working in these countries or know someone who is? Click for more details
Thanks for your assistance with these initiatives. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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A three-day workshop hosted by the Government of Mozambique with support from the Network will take place in Maputo, Mozambique, 20-22 June 2012. Participants include government representatives from three Southern African countries (Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia) as well as other key stakeholders from international and local organizations, academia and the private sector. The workshop will provide a structured forum for refining HWTS national policies and targets, sharing lessons learned in implementing and scaling-up HWTS and exploring synergies and approaches to integrating HWTS within broader, related public health efforts. Those Network organizations working in the Region with a strong interest in attending are asked to contact Maggie Montgomery (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michael Forson (email@example.com). The report for a
similar workshop held last year for East Africa can be accessed at the WHO website under “Meeting Reports”.
UNICEF is conducting a mapping exercise of HWTS in countries with plans to share the results with Network organizations. The purpose is to better understand the enabling environment, local programming in HWTS, and the general status of HWTS in each country. This will enable UNICEF and Network organizations to devise strategies for supporting countries and regions in scaling up. You are invited to complete a brief online survey which should take no more than 10 minutes. This important initiative will deal with topics such as product manufacturing, marketing, and distribution; product accessibility; government roles, support, and policies; program settings, barriers to scale and monitoring & evaluation. Please click here to take the survey
If you have any comments and suggestions that will help make this exercise a success, kindly contact Michael Forson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chibulu Luo (email@example.com).
Medentech, the Ireland-based manufacturer of Aquatabs, is launching a new water-clarifying tablet called Aquafloq. Aquafloq water clarifying tablets are an effervescent, pH neutral, flocculant tablet with Aluminum Sulfate used to clarify murky or turbid water. Using Aquafloq will make water visibly clear without discolouration or aftertaste. As they are pH neutral they can be used in all water sources. They give complete flexibility in use, e.g. a 1 gram tablet can treat 5 litres of water and this can be scaled to treat larger volumes of water. They are packed in strips of 10 so they are portable and a very cost effective solution to clarify water. The strips have graphical illustrations for low-literacy groups to enhance the ease of use. Simply add 1 tablet to 5 litres of water and stir for 5 minutes, at which point the floc is well formed with visible improvements to the appearance of the water. Another 10 minutes of settling delivers clear water. They can be used in tandem with Aquatabs water purification tablets to sanitise the water. Aquafloq clarifying tablets are available in the USA and globally. For a visual depiction, download the flyer | Contact Medentech to learn more (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, a non-profit arm of Procter & Gamble, has launched a new quarterly newsletter called “Water Drop”. The first issue contains updates on recent activities of CSDW globally and in the United States, including a new partnership in East Africa with CARE, recent US-based school fundraising efforts, and their new website and facebook page, where you can download the newsletter and subscribe for future issues. Visit the website
Earlier this month Antenna Technologies, a Swiss-based NGO, released guidance relating to the use of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) for stabilising chlorine produced using its WATA device. The guidance note is five pages and describes the operating method for using caustic soda to stabilise a 50 L solution of sodium hypochlorite (equivalent to 6 g/L active chlorine) produced by the WATA. Download in English || Download in French
This note follows other guidance released the previous month with two recommendations regarding the use and storage of sodium hypochlorite produced using its devices. You can find the links to that note in our April 2012 newsletter.
Antenna Technologies Foundation, an NGO based in Geneva, Switzerland, compiled a series of short interviews and images to produce a seven-minute video on the Watasol chlorine production technology. The product, which uses electrolysis, produces chlorine solution from a mixture of water and regular table salt. The technology has been used by humanitarian agencies in Pakistan, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Africa. Testimonials are provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross, Action Contre La Faim, and Solidarites International. Watch the video
Carbon credits have recently taken hold as an alternative mechanism for financing development projects, including water treatment and cookstove projects. Vestergaard-Frandsen, a Swiss manufacturer, launched its award-winning Carbon for Water project in Western Kenya in April 2011. And recently, Impact Carbon, a US-based non-profit, and The Paradigm Project recently issued the first tons from the only carbon finance project to generate Gold Standard emissions reductions from both efficient cookstoves and household water filters that avoid water boiling. These projects are briefly described in the April 2012 issue of the Clean Development Mechanism’s Gold Standard newsletter here. Keep an eye out for a webinar on the use of carbon finance for HWTS in the near future.
On Monday 28 May 2012, the Atlanta Summit on Global Health and Water was presented by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, CARE USA and the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). More than 400 people participated. The audience of senior professional and academic experts in this field represented a wide range of health- and water-related NGO, government, academic organizations as well as business leaders and entrepreneurs.
A key focus of the Summit was on the Atlanta cluster of expertise in the global health and water sectors and how innovative collaborations can create and strengthen economic opportunity the US city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia. US Senator Johnny Isakson presented the keynote address and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle gave welcoming remarks. Download the Program | Read the report and view the panel discussions
The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication has released its tenth 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
During May 2012, WASHplus published links on its blog to publications in the following subject areas related to HWTS: adherence, barriers to WASH access among PLWHA, ceramic pot filters, consumer preferences in India, costs/benefits of WASH, gasifier biochar-based water treatment, fecal contamination of soil and household floors, health impact of arsenic, incidence of diarrhea, microfinancing, school-based interventions, solar-based water treatment, water filter sales in Kenya, and water quality testing. Visit the WASHplus blog
Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities
Living Water International, a US faith-based organization with operations across Africa and Central and South America, has a number of positions currently open on its website including Country Director for Haiti, Regional Operations Manager for Haiti, Copywriter in Houston, Grants Manager in Houston, and internships in Houston. To learn more, please visit their website.
The Rotary Center for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution and The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) encourage highly qualified university graduates from outside the United States to apply for a Rotary Peace Fellowship to support studies toward a two year masters’ degree in public health with a concentration in water and sanitation. If you are successful in gaining a Fellowship and in being admitted to a program with UNC’s Water Institute, you will study at UNC with some of the world’s leading experts in water, sanitation, health, and development. You will also have the opportunity to contribute expertise and leadership to Rotary’s high-priority programs in water, sanitation, and hygiene. Studies would begin in August 2013 but the deadline to apply for the fellowship is July 1 2012. Click here to learn more
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 Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology regularly provides training workshops worldwide for individuals and organizations that serve the poor in developing countries. These workshops have a local host, and may draw participants from across the country or region. Workshops are arranged on a demand-driven basis. Our curriculum uses hands-on learning and plenty of interaction to cover the theory and technical skills participants need to plan, implement or participate in water and sanitation programs in their location. There are two workshops planned for the month of May dealing with HWTS. Calendar of workshops for 2012
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.