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.
You can download presentations by clicking on the links below.
- Opening Remarks by Dr M Jacobs, Director, DCD, WPRO
- Opening Remarks by H Gao, Country Representative, UNICEF Lao PDR
- Opening Remarks by Dr Keobounphan, Vice Minister, MoH
- Introduction of Participants by Dr Soutsakhone, Director, NAMSAAT
- Workshop Objectives by B Majuru, WHO Headquarters
- Network Update by B Majuru, WHO Headquarters │ Download
- Access to Safe Drinking Water: Looking Closer by C Scharp, UNICEF Headquarters │ Download
- Water Safety Policies to Ensure Access to Safe Drinking Water in the Region by P Khew│ Download
- HWTS and WSP Status in Mongolia by D Vanya, WHO Country Office │ Download
- HWTS and WSP Status in Cambodia by M Saray, Ministry of Rural Development │ Download
- Integrating HWTS and WSP in 3 Rural Provinces by B Suvanthong
- Example: Needs Assessment and Priority Actions by B Majuru │ Download
- Country Group Discussion: Needs Assessment
- Integrating HWTS and Maternal and Child Health by R Rainey, USAID
- Integrating HWTS into NTD Efforts by B Matigbay, WHO │ Download
- Integrating HWTS and Nutrition by M Lethiyuyetmai, Procter & Gamble │ Download
- HWTS and Preparedness for Emergencies by B Matigbay, WHO│ Download
- Water Storage and Links to Vector Borne Disease by B Timilsina, UNICEF │ Download
- Antenna Technologies and Business Models by F Boulloud, Antenna │ Download
- Roundtable Discussion: How to Better Target Vulnerable Groups?
- HWTS Manual by NR Khatri │ Download
- Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit by J Bogle, UNC │ Download
- Local HWTS Monitoring by E Manzano, CAWST │ Download
- Discussion of Priority Actions in Monitoring and Evaluation
- WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies by N Beetsch │ Download
- Evaluating Technologies for Arsenic RemovalExperiences from Bangladesh by S Rahman │ Download
- Open Discussion: Approaches to Regulating HWT Products moderated by NR Khatri
- Open Discussion: Building Capacity in Regulation of HWT Products moderated by B Majuru
- Country Group Discussion: Priority Actions
- Country Action Plan Presentations moderated by A Saleh, UNICEF
- Closing Remarks by Dr P Kerngsaneth, MoH Lao PDR