Household Water Newsletter, Issue 33

November 2014: Highlighting Network Events

This issue features upcoming events, recaps from recent meetings, and approaching deadlines for events in 2015.

NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

  1. With your help, we would like to organize Network communication and advocacy activities around key thematic areas. To begin, we will focus on HWTS and behaviour change as a continuation of the discussion on correct, consistent, and continued use. Kindly submit any related studies and resources by Friday, December 19, 2014.
  1. We are planning changes to the HWTS Network communications website, which we aim to complete early in the new year. Please feel free to offer suggestions as to how we can improve the site. We do not anticipate significant disruptions during this time.
  1. Are you hosting or attending an HWTS related event in 2015? Let us know so we can build a complete 2015 events calendar.

Please direct all submissions, questions, and suggestions to Jen Bogle at jbogle@email.unc.edu.

NETWORK EVENTS

Upcoming Events (2014)

World AIDS Marathon: December 1, 2014, Kisumu, Kenya

AIDS Marathon

Safe Water and AIDS Project(SWAP), an award-winning Kenyan NGO, is one of the leading organizers the Kisumu World AIDS Marathon, held every year on World AIDS Day. SWAP provides safe drinking water to the runners and children along the route in safe storage containers at water stations managed by HIV support groups.

The marathon plays an important role in creating awareness of the stigma associated with HIV. This year marks the 9th year of the marathon that invites national and international athletes, scientists, people living with HIV, commercial sex workers, members of the gay community, disabled individuals, orphans, school children, and others to participate in the full marathon, half marathon, relays, and an orphans and vulnerable children’s walk and wheel chair race.

Visit www.worldaidsmarathon.org and www.swapkenya.org for more information.

Recent Events

Reaching the Most Vulnerable with Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage: November 10-13, 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR

The HWTS Network held its annual regional workshop in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Southeast Asia regional workshop convened government representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, and Viet Nam, along with a diversity of participants from other sectors. The goal was to support these four countries in addressing water quality and health by sharing national efforts and further developing strategies for HWTS and WSP, while linking these initiatives with interventions in maternal health, nutrition, neglected tropical diseases, emergencies, and vector-borne disease and strategies for reaching vulnerable groups.

The four countries represented share challenges in addressing climate change related environmental stresses, which influence when and where HWTS is needed most. They have each integrated HWTS into national policies and are looking at how to effectively utilize policy structures to influence resource allocation. There is also a growing market for both imported and locally manufactured devices, prompting each countries to consider ways to strengthen regulation and evaluation of devices.

The event featured three days of presentations and roundtable discussions. On the fourth and final day, participants visited Houaypoung village in Phonhong District as well as a nearby primary school to observe the community water system and biosand filters and school rainwater harvesting system.

Presentations from the event are available on the events section of http://hwts.web.unc.edu/.

HWTS Workshop in New Delhi: November 12, 2014, New Delhi, India

Development Alternatives (DA) Group held a workshop on November 12, 2014 in New Delhi where HWTS organizations convened to share ideas for developing strategies for scaling up HWTS in India. DA is working towards promoting HWTS among Bottom of Pyramid (BoP) populations so that these methods can be accepted and recommended at different levels and reduce the incidences of waterborne diseases and child mortality over the long term. Eawag Aquatic Research Institute, Switzerland has engaged with DA for this endeavour.

Lunch and Learn on Indian Water Filter Evaluation at Consumer Reports: November 12, 2014, Cambridge, USA

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) presented on evaluation of water filters found in the Indian marketplace. MIT-CITE is a five-year program on product evaluation currently focused on evaluating household water filters in Ahmadabad, India. This past summer, three MIT graduate and post graduate Research Assistants evaluated water filters found in the Indian marketplace. They conducted comparative testing and research work using extreme contaminants aiming to provide a ratings-chart of different filter models for consumers.

More information on MIT-CITE is available at http://cite.mit.edu/.

Waternet Conference 2014: October 28 to November 1, 2014, Lilongwe, Malawi

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The Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation Mzuzu Smart Centre presented a special session on low-cost water and sanitation technologies, including HWTS, at the WaternetConference on integrated water resources management (IWRM) in Lilongwe, Malawi from October 29 to November 1, 2014. At the event, water and sanitation researchers from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, DRC, Namibia, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and other countries met to discuss IWRM for socioeconomic development in Eastern and Southern Africa.

The Mzuzu SMART centre focuses on training local businesses that will produce and sell a range of new low-cost water and sanitation solutions. Their goal is to establish a sustainable supply of options to reduce the cost of communal systems and provide affordable self-supply options for households. The centre demonstrates a range of technologies and trains local entrepreneurs in water and sanitation technologies with a focus on self-supply.

Visit www.mzuniwatsan.com, http://www.mzuzusmartcentre.com/, and http://hikm.ihe.nl/waternet/symposium_waternet/ for more information.

Annual Network Meeting, Water and Health Conference hosted by The Water Institute at University of North Carolina: October 13, 2014, Chapel Hill, USA

The HWTS Network held its Annual Meeting at the University of North Carolina where members convened to share their work and look ahead to Network priorities for 2015. The Network Annual Meeting began with a series of presentations on global access to safe drinking water, followed by reports from Network members on their experiences in the field. The morning ended with a session on strengthening HWTS through an enabling environment and specific considerations for achieving programmatic effectiveness. This session also featured a presentation on the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies and an overview of national planning efforts in Haiti.

In the afternoon, the discussion shifted focus toward the achieving correct, consistent, and continued use, a key element of the M & E Toolkit for monitoring and evaluating HWTS programmes, followed by presentations on HWTS learning opportunities initiated by Network members: M & E Toolkit webinars and an HWTS massive open online course (MOOC). The final afternoon session involved breakout discussions focused on integrating HWTS into education, healthcare and nutrition, and the broader WASH sector, including water safety planning. The event concluded with a presentation of the proposed 2015 Network work plan and priority focus areas, which include integrating HWTS with public health interventions and WSP efforts, promoting and disseminating the M & E Toolkit, and continuing the WHO International Scheme.

Presentations from the event are available on the events section of http://hwts.web.unc.edu/.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NETWORK IN 2015

World Water Week in Stockholm: Water for Development: August 23-28, 2015

The theme of World Water Week 2015 is Water for Development. Submit an abstract or event proposal before January 18, 2015 at www.worldwaterweek.org/abstracts.

About this newsletter: This newsletter is produced by the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF as co-hosts of the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage. Past issues are available at http://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter/. For further information or to unsubscribe, please contact Jen Bogle jbogle@email.unc.edu.

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