Regional Workshop, Southeast Asia: Reaching the Most Vulnerable with HWTS

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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.

  1. Opening Remarks by Dr M Jacobs, Director, DCD, WPRO
  2. Opening Remarks by H Gao, Country Representative, UNICEF Lao PDR
  3. Opening Remarks by Dr Keobounphan, Vice Minister, MoH
  4. Introduction of Participants by Dr Soutsakhone, Director, NAMSAAT
  5. Workshop Objectives by B Majuru, WHO Headquarters
  6. Network Update by B Majuru, WHO Headquarters │ Download
  7. Access to Safe Drinking Water: Looking Closer by C Scharp, UNICEF Headquarters │ Download
  8. Water Safety Policies to Ensure Access to Safe Drinking Water in the Region by P Khew│ Download
  9. HWTS and WSP Status in Mongolia by D Vanya, WHO Country Office │ Download
  10. HWTS and WSP Status in Cambodia by M Saray, Ministry of Rural Development │ Download
  11. Integrating HWTS and WSP in 3 Rural Provinces by B Suvanthong
  12. Example: Needs Assessment and Priority Actions by B Majuru Download
  13. Country Group Discussion: Needs Assessment
  14. Integrating HWTS and Maternal and Child Health by R Rainey, USAID
  15. Integrating HWTS into NTD Efforts by B Matigbay, WHO Download
  16. Integrating HWTS and Nutrition by M Lethiyuyetmai, Procter & Gamble Download
  17. HWTS and Preparedness for Emergencies by B Matigbay, WHODownload
  18. Water Storage and Links to Vector Borne Disease by B Timilsina, UNICEF │ Download
  19. Antenna Technologies and Business Models by F Boulloud, Antenna Download
  20. Roundtable Discussion: How to Better Target Vulnerable Groups?
  21. HWTS Manual by NR Khatri Download
  22. Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit by J Bogle, UNC Download
  23. Local HWTS Monitoring by E Manzano, CAWST Download
  24. Discussion of Priority Actions in Monitoring and Evaluation
  25. WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies by N Beetsch Download
  26. Evaluating Technologies for Arsenic RemovalExperiences from Bangladesh by S Rahman Download
  27. Open Discussion: Approaches to Regulating HWT Products moderated by NR Khatri
  28. Open Discussion: Building Capacity in Regulation of HWT Products moderated by B Majuru
  29. Country Group Discussion: Priority Actions
  30. Country Action Plan Presentations moderated by A Saleh, UNICEF
  31. Closing Remarks by Dr P Kerngsaneth, MoH Lao PDR

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