Household Water Newsletter, Issue 45

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements for the newsletter. Some highlights of this issue include:

  • There is a webinar on WaSH in healthcare facilities on May 3rd
  • There is a session on the HWT Evaluation Scheme at the 3rd WHO Forum on Medical Devices
  • There are a number of interesting requests for partnerships

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you would like to share something with the Network. We welcome material such as recent publications, presentations, events, resources, calls for papers/proposals, etc. If you are seeking assistance with your program planning, you are also welcome to put a request out to the community. Or you may be a researcher and would like to share your research question with others or seek input or contacts for your work.

You may review the guidelines and submit your contribution here: https://hwts.web.unc.edu/newsletter-contributions/.

 

Best regards,

 

Edema Ojomo

Post-doctoral Research Associate

The Water Institute at UNC

 

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 45

May/June 2017

 

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities

Publications

Event Calendar

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

Request for Partnership

The Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation (Mzuzu, Malawi, Africa) participates in research, water quality analysis, training, consultancies, outreach programs, and the practical application of research findings. We excel at practical research, both bringing the results and solutions back to our areas of research and publishing for global lesson sharing. We just finished a study on the effectiveness of EcoSeal Purify Photocatalytic Oxidant lining for PET bottles as a point-of-use (POU) water treatment through a field trial from shallow wells in Bangwe and Luwinga Townships (Malawi). If you or your organization need a field trial location for HWTS, please consider partnering with us. To learn more about our awesome team and innovative current work please visit http://www.mzuniwatsan.com/.

 

Call for Partners and Collaborators for the Nigeria Water Education for Schools and Communities Programme.

The aim of the Nigeria Water Education for Schools and Communities Programme is to promote better understanding of water as a key social, economic and environmental resource and to facilitate a new water-use ethic in Nigeria, through projects like the building and installation of water and sanitation infrastructure in select schools and communities of need. Introducing the Nigeria Water Education in Schools and Communities Programme would be strategic entry points to:

  • Develop awareness about Water and Sanitation (WatSan) Sector reform, policy issues, and WatSan related environmental issues in Nigeria;
  • Develop knowledge and skills necessary to analyze the issues and understand perceptions and use of water;
  • Support informed decision-making by the community that could affect the quality of their lives with respect to water;
  • Participate actively in the sustainable management of their water environment;
  • Evaluate and propose actions that will achieve effective water related solutions in support of water resources management.

More information on the program can be found here.

Program implementers also seek to integrate Climate Change into the project. Please contact Anthony Akpan at ajakpan@yahoo.com if you would like to learn more and if you are interested in participating and contributing to the implementation of this program.

 

Abstract Submissions Open for the 2017 Water and Health Conference

Abstract submissions are now open for the 2017 Water and Health Conference. Conference themes are: climate resilience; WaSH and gender; drinking-water safety, addressing disparities in WaSH – rural, peri-urban and indigenous populations; WaSH in non-household settings; and from evidence to action. The conference will take place in North Carolina, USA from October 16th – October 20th, 2017. The deadline for abstract submission is May 24th, 2017. More information on the conference can be found here. To submit an abstract, click here.

 

Side Event Submissions Open for the 2017 Water and Health Conference

The Water Institute at UNC is now accepting proposals for side events at the 2017 Water and Health Conference. Side events are an opportunity for individuals or groups to bring together a range of stakeholders to focus on one’s own specific area of interest in the format of their choice. The duration of the side event may be a quarter day (1.5 hours) or a half day (3 hours). There is no cost to hosting a side event. Space is limited. The deadline for proposal submissions is May 24th, 2017. More information on submitting proposals for side events can be found here.  

 

HWTS Network on Twitter

Share your news, stories, events, and job opportunities with us on twitter. Our twitter username is @household_water. To avoid spamming your email with multiple emails every week, we will post urgent information on twitter. So, check in periodically with us on twitter for latest news, job opportunities, and requests for proposals. We look forward to hearing from you, learning more about what you’re doing and what’s going on, and sharing stories with you!

 

WEBINARS, COURSES AND EVENTS

Upcoming Webinar: WASH Counts in Healthcare Facilities!

The lack of access to an improved water source and availability of soap at many healthcare facilities (HCF) in resource-limited settings and gaps in the awareness of the importance of enhanced hygiene and infection prevention undercut the ability for staff to offer safe services and for patients and visitors to protect themselves from acquiring infections. To learn how WASH can prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections, join Medentech and the Global Handwashing Partnership on May 3 at 10 am EST for a webinar observing Hand Hygiene Day (May 5). In addition to answering your questions, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), USAID’s Maternal & Child Program (MCSP), the Beninese Association for Social Marketing (ABMS), and Medentech will discuss:

  • How innovation around improved WASH services can combat HCAIs
  • How to catalyze behavior change around proper hygiene and infection control
  • How to improve safer conditions and services in health settings

 

More information on the webinar can be found here. Please register here!

 

3rd WHO Forum on Medical Devices: session on the HWT Evaluation Scheme

The forum will gather almost 400 participants to share best practices, challenges, and new tools for evaluation, regulation, of medical / health devices. WHO will be presenting an overview of the HWT Evaluation Scheme in a session on devices for humanitarian disasters and emergencies, including results of Round I of testing, and what WHO is doing to support the use of these results by procurers. The session also seeks to stimulate discussion on key needs to support application of these results in HWT product selection, and strengthen implementation of HWT in humanitarian and emergency relief contexts.

 

Upcoming Network webinar: Water safety in the SDGs

In June, there will be a Network webinar on the place of HWTS in the SDGs. This webinar will be hosted by WHO, UNICEF, and CAWST. The webinar will focus on the opportunities for integration of HWTS within the broader water safe framework. Additional information (date, agenda, objectives, etc.) on the webinar will be shared with the Network soon. Do you have experience in working on HWTS and other water safety efforts such as WSPs? If yes, please share your experiences (approaches taken, outcomes, collaboration activities, etc.) using the outline (attached) as a guide. Thank you!

 

Training by the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

The Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology regularly provides training workshops worldwide for individuals and organizations that serve the poor in developing countries. There usually tend to be a few HWTS-related workshops. Information on training workshops can be found here.

 

WORK AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

For WASH sector job listings, please refer to the WASH Vacancies Blog, the Relief Web Jobs site, or Josh’s Water Jobs site. If you wish to share an education, job, or funding opportunity with the Network, please tell us by email at ojomo@live.unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

 

PUBLICATIONS

An Index Model for Evaluating Water Safety Plans in the Philippines

Developing a water safety plan (WSP) is now a requirement for all service providers of drinking water in the Philippines. To assist compliance with the Philippine Department of Health (DOH), this study develops an index model that the DOH can use for evaluating WSPs and covers the WSPs of 14 water districts and 11 health care facilities. The full abstract for this publication can be found here.

 

Safe Water Access through market bases approach

The Antenna Foundation and its partner, IRC-WASH, wish to inform you that a series of blog articles have been recently published to document scaling up access to safe water for people living at the base of the economic pyramid (BOP) through a market based approach (Safe Water 2 Programme). Range of challenges and lesson-learned to scale-up social enterprises can be found here.

 

Radical increase in water and sanitation investment is required to meet development targets

Countries are not increasing spending fast enough to meet the water and sanitation targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2017 report published by WHO on behalf of UN-Water – the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater-related issues, including sanitation. The report highlights that countries have increased their budgets for water, sanitation and hygiene at an annual average rate of 4.9% over the last three years. Yet, 80% of countries report that water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) financing is still insufficient to meet nationally-defined targets for WASH services. Click here for the full report, press release and infographics.

 

EVENT CALENDAR

UNC Water Microbiology Conference: 15th May – 19th May, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

9th Annual Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) World Water Summit: 9th June, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

40th WEDC Conference: 24th July to 28th July, 2017 in Loughborough University, United Kingdom

4th Water Research Conference: 10th September – 13th September, 2017 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

5th Biennial University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference: 18th September – 20th September, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA.

2017 World Water Week: 27th August – 1st September, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

Water and Health Conference: 16th October – 20th October, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

 

For more WASH and water-related event listings, please refer to the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Water Policy & Practice Calendar. If you know of an upcoming international, regional or national event which the HWTS/WASH community should be aware of, please tell us by email at ojomo@live.unc.edu.

 

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 Edema Ojomo at ojomo@live.unc.edu

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Disclaimer: This publication does not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of the World Health Organization or the United Nations Children’s Fund. Any mention of specific companies or manufacturers’ products does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by the World Health Organization or the United Nations Children’s Fund.

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