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We hope that 2013 is off to a great start for all of you. Did you know that this is the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation? This should be particularly meaningful from the perspective of all of us involved in the HWTS Network – one of the aims of the Network is to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among its members in order to achieve a multiplier effect in support of scaling up HWTS efforts. In this vein, we are sharing with you a brief 4-page overview of the Network activities from 2012, which you can download here. Many of you contributed to the Network’s achievements which reflects the spirit of this year’s UN theme.
As we move forward in 2013, we welcome your continued questioning, commenting, and contributions to Network activities. If possible, please consider setting aside a bit of time to assist other Network members with less financial and technical means. Finally, you may even wish to put forward an idea of your own as a Network product or make a submission to our newsletter. Contact us to share your thoughts!
In this newsletter, we have also added a new feature to poll you on your thoughts on Network activities. In this issue our question is related to planning a couple of upcoming webinars. We hope that you’ll participate and let us know what topics interest you.
Finally, our colleague Dr. Su Latt Tun Myint at the Department of Medical Research for Lower Myanmar recently won the Young Researcher Award at the 41st Myanmar Health Research Congress held in January. Congratulations to her! You can learn more about her paper below in the “News and Newsletter” section.
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Contents of this Newsletter
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- Network Activities in 2012
- New Network Members
- WHO EVT en Français
- Water Safety Plan Training Package
- ASTMH Call for Symposia
- Upcoming Ceramic Workshop
- Water Safety Plan Distance Course
- WEDC Call for Papers
- News and Newsletters
- AquaOvo Crowd-funds
- CFK Receives Grant
- Malawi WatSan Centre
- Nazava News in 2012
- Solar Solutions Aquapak
- Summit on the Summit
- SWAP Kenya Annual Report
- WHO Bulletin
- Discussions and Requests
- TA Needed in Venezuela
- Please Share Filter Designs
- Requesting Water Quality Studies
- Recent Events
- A Promise Renewed in Ethiopia
- Ceramic Filters
- Carbon Credits Eligibility
- Carbon Credits Webinar
- Workshop Update from Malawi
- SCWSM Meeting in Zaragoza
- Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities
- CAWST: Trainings and Workshops
- Rotary & UNESCO-IHE Scholarships
- Temasek Scholarships
- ICLEI: Senior WatSan Officer
- DINEPA: Consulting opportunity
Network Secretariat: Summary of activities during 2012
The Network Secretariat has prepared a brief summary report of its major activities between January 2012 and December 2012. The document also contains proposed activities for the coming year. We welcome questions or comments. Download the report
Network Secretariat: New additions to our community
The Network Secretariat would like to give a warm welcome to those who have recently joined the HWTS Network community. We now have 140 institutional members and over 1300 individual subscribers to the mailing list. If your organisation would like to participate in the Network, please visit the WHO HWTS Network portal for more information and then complete the membership survey. Individuals can subscribe to our mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief introduction of your interest.
- Ambulatorio Rural Tipo II, a local health authority serving the indigenous community of Kamarata in Venezuela
- Kashitirth Sevabhavi Sanstha, an NGO focused on capacity building, training and program implementation in Jalna District, Maharashtra State in India
- Graham Alabaster
- Eva Barrenberg
- Christina Bianchessi
- Jonathan Drewry
- Margaret Gillespie
- Leo Heller
- Tyler Kesler
- Jessica Kleinberg
- Pawan Kumar Labhasetwar
- Wendy Lu McGill
- Gertjan Medema
- Kate Medlicott
- Ashley Meek
- Getaw Mekonnen
- Eric Nitschke
- Cate Parker
- Kweku Quansah
- Loretta Roberts
- Marcus Marcellus Stahlhofer
- Akosua Takyiwa Kwakye
- Admasu Tesfaye Hinsermu
- Hannah Thames
- Tony Tsekpetse
- Su Latt Tun Myint
- Louis Vernon
- Kyle Villemain
- Vincent Viyon Ahove
- Idrissa Sow
- Suree Wongpiyachon
- Alix Zwane
- Alix Zwane
WHO: Now available, French version of “Evaluating household water treatment options”
The 2011 World Health Organization document “Evaluating household water treatment options: Heath-based targets and microbiological performance specifications” which provides risk-based criteria for evaluating and assessing the performance of household water treatment has now been translated into French. Download
WHO & IWA: Water Safety Plan Training Package
In November 2012, the World Health Organization and the International Water Association published a Water Safety Plan Training Package. A Water Safety Plan is a risk-based preventive approach to protect drinking-water quality and although they are now being adopted worldwide, they are not always fully understood nor implemented by all stakeholders. Face-to-face training is essential to ensure globally successful WSP implementation. Visit the website
CMWG: Ceramic Filter Workshop at WEF Disinfection Conference in February 2013
The Ceramic Filters Manufacturing Working Group announces there will be a Ceramic and Biosand Filter Workshop at the WEF Disinfection 2013 Conference, February 24th-26th at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, USA. This workshop will review the current state of knowledge around the technical, social, and cultural factors that lead to the success – and failure – of ceramic and biosand filter implementations worldwide. Presentations will focus heavily on review and discussion of the latest research. The workshop will focus on biosand filters in the morning and ceramic filters in the afternoon. For more information and to register, please go to the conference website.
ASTMH Annual Meeting: Call for symposia – deadline 5 March 2013
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) has issued a Call for Symposia for the 62nd Annual Meeting to be held in November 2013 in Washington, DC. This year, there is a specific interest in proposals for symposia related to WASH, including topics such as the expected impacts of climate change and severe weather on disease burdens; integrating water/sanitation/hygiene strategies with traditional drug/vaccine approaches for disease control; post-2015 review of Millennium Development Goals for WaSH; cholera surveillance and management in Africa. Topics may relate to research, implementation or policy. Submit your symposia proposals by 5 March 2013. A call for abstracts will be issued in mid-March. Download the Call for Symposia.
Water Institute at UNC: Applications Available for Water Safety Plan Distance Learning Pilot Program
The Water Institute at UNC, a research institute based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is offering a Distance Learning Programme in Water Safety Plans. This course will enable skill and capacity building in global best practices for Water Safety Plans; flexibility to study from your own computer; and professional recognition. To receive application and additional info email the Water Institute (email@example.com).
WEDC International Conference: Call for papers – deadline 15 February 2013
The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University is hosting its 36th WEDC International Conference in Nakuru, Kenya, from 1-5 July 2013. Titled “Delivering Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in an Uncertain Environment“, the annual WEDC conference will include three days of presentations and debate on peer-reviewed content, followed by a two-day capacity development programme designed to develop skills and knowledge in various topic areas. Submit your papers and other contributions by 15 February 2013. Download Call for Papers
News and Newsletters
AquaOvo: Crowd-funding appeal raises nearly US$75,000
AquaOvo, a Canadian manufacturer of high-end water filters, has raised US$75,000 through IndieGogo, a crowd-funding platform. The funds will be used to launch a new venture with a social impact component that will benefit another one of our Network members, Ecofiltro, a ceramic water filter operation in Guatemala. Social ventures have increasingly been turning to social media for crowd-based fundraising and generating results. 1FaceWatch, a US company which sells watches and donates a portion of its revenue to charitable initiatives (including water), recently raised US$375,000 in a matter of months.
Carolina for Kibera: Grant Awarded for Diarrhoeal Disease Prevention through HWTS/WASH
Carolina for Kibera, a US and Kenya registered NGO, has been awarded a grant of US$270,000 from Ronald McDonald House Charities to help decrease child mortality in the Kibera slum in Nairobi. The program will aim to develop a sustainable, locally-managed system of 100-trained community health promoters serving households with basic care and health education. Efforts will be focused primarily on diarrhoeal disease prevention in children under 5 through education on WASH (including HWTS) by local community health promoters.
Government of Myanmar: Paper on childhood illness burden wins award
The Department of Medical Research (Lower Myanmar) reports that it recently presented research at the 41st Myanmar Health Research Congress (7-11 January, 2013). The research supports further the need for HWTS promotion for under five children in low and middle income peri-urban households to combat acute diarrhoea as well as acute respiratory infection. The lead author, Dr Su Latt Tun Myint, won the conference’s Young Researcher Award. Read the abstract
Mzuzu SMART Centre: Newly launched water and sanitation centre in Malawi
The Mzuzu SMART Centre, based at Mzuzu University in northern Malawi, has launched with funding support from Aqua for All. The Centre focuses on training local businesses, civil society and other interested groups to produce and sell a range of new low-cost water and sanitation solutions, including HWTS, manual drilling of tube wells, fabrication of rope pumps, no cement latrine designs, and more. The goal is to establish a sustainable and compatible supply sector of options which can reduce cost of communal systems and that are affordable for (groups of) households. For more information please contact Dr. Rochelle Holm, SMART Centre Manager (Cell: +265992159079 or +265882725730; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nazava Filters: Activities in 2012
Solar Solutions: Solar pasteurizers for water purification
The The University of Ibadan, Nigeria has recently completed a study of the effectiveness of solar pasteurizers in improving water quality. The products tested were the Aquapak solar pasteurizer, manufactured by Network member Solar Solutions. Download the study
Summit on the Summit: Successful ascent to top of Mt Kilimanjaro
A group of cultural icons and safe water advocates successfully ascended Mt. Kilimanjaro in their bid to raise awareness of the global clean water crisis. The effort was known as the “Summit on the Summit”. Network member P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program was part of the team. Read more
SWAP Kenya: Annual Report for 2012 now available
Safe Water and AIDS Project Kenya, an NGO focused on working with populations affected by HIV & AIDS, has released its annual report. The publication contains information about its partners, activities in HWTS and beyond and approach to management and governance. Download
WHO: Register to receive the monthly “Bulletin”
The World Health Organization Bulletin is a peer-reviewed monthly public health journal with a special focus on developing countries. The journal publishes research, opinion and news pieces on health topics ranging from policy to practice. If you would like to receive a monthly email notification of the latest issue, register here.
Discussions and Requests
Ambulatorio Rural Tipo II: Please share experiences with us
Ambulatorio Rural Tipo II is a grassroots initiative seeking to improve the water supply for the native indigenous Pemon people of Kamarata, located at the Canaima National Park, in the state of Bolívar in Venezuela. There are about 4000 people in the community. The young physician working with the government-funded rural health centre would like to know where he should start to begin a program to help his people. Anyone who would like to assist is asked to contact Francisco Marco (email@example.com).
University of Johannesburg: Please share design models for ceramic water filter
The University of Johannesburg has created an open source collection to disseminate knowledge gained in the research and development of the Vhembe Water Filter. Although the Vhembe Water Filter is not currently being manufactured, the CAD models available in our collection will allow others to further the design into manufactured prototypes (and thereafter possibly tooling for production). The sketch portfolio may assist others who are exploring alternative solutions to problems encountered in the rural setting. Links to the dissertation allow for others to read through and understand the entire process of field research, data gathering, data analysis and the development of a solution to suit the intended users. University researcher Martin Bolton asks that we share this resource widely. Access the collection
Water Institute at UNC: Requesting water quality studies
The JMP post 2015 Water Working Group is conducting a review of the safety of improved sources of drinking water sources and would like to offer you the opportunity to submit information for consideration.
The study, being conducted by the Water Institute at UNC, focuses on priority health related contaminants as identified by the JMP Taskforce on Monitoring Drinking-Water Quality, namely arsenic, Escherichia coli (or thermotolerant coliform) and fluoride, and covers the following questions: (1) Is water from improved sources more frequently compliant with health guidelines than water from unimproved sources? (2) Are compliance levels consistent between and within countries? (3) Are some types of improved water source associated with higher levels of contamination or sanitary risk?
If your organization has conducted studies that could inform this review, please contact Robert Bain (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Stories from the Field
By Ryan Rowe: Commercial approach to ceramic filters in Ethiopia
During a recent visit to Addis Ababa, we met with Tulip Addis Water Filter, a private company selling ceramic water filters in Ethiopia since 2010. Its product, known as the “Tulip” water filter, is a siphon device with a ceramic element. The company reports a brisk business in meeting the programmatic needs of local and international NGOs, with sales across all nine of Ethiopia’s regions and total volume of approximately 60,000 filters a year.
The filter, manufactured by Network member Basic Water Needs of India, is sold by other companies in at least half a dozen countries around the world, including Malawi and Mozambique where it has recently been introduced by local entrepreneurs. Depending on distribution and marketing costs, the retail price tends to range from US$15 to US$25.
Although considered a relatively low-cost product, Tulip Addis General Manager Getaw Cherinet acknowledges that his filter is still unaffordable to many low-income earners. “Most of my customers are actually NGOs who give away the filters or sell them at reduced prices in order to better serve populations in need”, he says. In order to lower the retail cost further, the company has plans to build a factory and produce the ceramic element locally, in partnership with the manufacturer. With the additional production capacity, the company plans to expand into other East African markets and introduce a table-top version of the filter to make it more aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly. An added benefit of investing in a local production facility is to improve the availability of spare parts. Getaw also mentioned that he recently partnered on a proposal to evaluate the use of targeted vouchers to stimulate purchase by low-income families, an innovation which has been discussed at recent Network events.