Household Water Newsletter, Issue 46

Dear Colleagues,

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

  • World Water Week is August 27th – September 1st, 2017 and Network members are participating
  • Early bird registration for a few water conferences ends in July

 

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

 

 

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 46

July/August 2017

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities

Publications

Event Calendar

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

Requesting Advising on Market-Based Promotion for Wash/Health Products

Rorus (Pittsburgh, PA + New Delhi) would love consultation from or introductions to groups like PSI who specialize in social marketing. We have a fast-flowing, POU, gravity filter that meets EPA Standards in independent testing (6/4/3 reductions on bacteria, viruses, and cysts). It may work with micro-enterprise or microfinance distribution. Contact Corinne Clinch at cori@rorusinc.com. Intro: https://youtu.be/6_f2VNaCb1M

Early bird Registration for 2017 Water and Health Conference

Early bird registration for the 2017 Water and Health Conference ends July 15th, 2017. Early bird registration applies to non-students only. Students receive discounted registration costs for the conference. The conference will take place October 16th through October 20th, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Conference information including registration costs for students and non-students, accommodations, and conference themes can be found here.

Early bird Registration for 2017 University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference

The 2017 University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference will be held September 18-20, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA. Registration is now open and early bird registration ends July 31st, 2017. Early bird registration applies to students and non-students. Students receive a discounted registration cost for the conference. Conference information 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

Word Water Week event: Providing Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Health Care Facilities

If you are attending World Water Week, please join us for the event “Providing Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Health Care Facilities,” on Thursday, 31 August, at 4:30 pm. This event — hosted by the World Health Organization, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, WaterAid and World Vision — will explore the current status of WASH in health care facilities (HCFs) and share specific, simple actions that can be taken to improve WASH in HCFs. More information can be found here: http://www.wvi.org/cleanwater/worldwaterweek

MOOC “Introduction to HWTS” now constantly online

On June 12, Eawag-Sandec  re-launched the MOOC “Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage”. In the course you can learn about the most important household-level water treatment methods, successful implementation strategies, and strategies for monitoring and evaluation. The videos are presented in English with French and Spanish subtitles. To find out more about the course and to register for free, see: https://www.coursera.org/learn/water-treatment.

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

WHO and IWA Global status report on water safety plans

Water safety planning is a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach that is widely recognized as the most reliable and effective way to manage drinking-water supplies to safeguard public health. This report presents the latest available information on WSP implementation based on information gathered from 118 countries representing every region of the globe. It presents information on WSP implementation and the integration of WSPs into the policy environment. It also explores WSP benefits, challenges and future priorities. The report can be accessed here: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/global-status-report-on-water-safety-plans/en/

WASH Counts in Health Facilities:  From Advocacy to Action 

Did you know that an estimated 15% of patients develop one or more infections during a hospital stay and that at any given time 10 of every 100 hospitalized patients in developing countries acquire at least one healthcare-associated infection?  To raise awareness of how WASH can prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections and celebrate Hand Hygiene Day, Medentech, the producers of Aquatabs, and the Global Hand Washing Partnership hosted a webinar on May 3,2017.  During this webinar, experts from the World Health Organization, USAID’s Maternal and Child Program, and PSI’s Network Member in Benin, ABMS as well as Medentech’s Managing Director, Micheal Gately shared information on how to improve WASH in Health Care Facilities Please check out the slide and the copy of the presentation at http://globalhandwashing.org/wash-counts-in-healthcare-facilities-from-awareness-to-action/

Chemical Mixtures in Source-water and Drinking-water

This document provides an overview of available tools and practical recommendations to support the assessment and management of risks to human health associated with chemical mixtures in drinking-water and its sources, including through use of case studies.  The document was launched on 20 June at the WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network Meeting, being hosted by the European Food Safety Authority in Parma, Italy, and can be accessed here: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/chemical-mixtures-in-water/en/

Socio-psychological determinants for safe drinking water consumption behaviors: a multi-country review.

The effectiveness of household water treatment practices relies heavily on consumers’ compliance. However, what is driving these behaviors from a health psychological perspective is not well understood. Lilje and Mosler reviewed studies on safe water collection, treatment, handling and storage practices to identify important socio-psychological determinants. Social norms, action knowledge, and perceived self-efficacy were shown to be the most common influential factors for safe water practices. Instrumental beliefs around costs and benefits as well as affective beliefs such as taste are important in a majority of cases but varied more strongly, both for different target behaviors and between specific settings and populations, and are thus to be evaluated from case to case. The review gives clear recommendations on which behavioral factors to address with priority and corresponding behavior change techniques to be made use of in contexts where formative research is not possible. Article can be accessed here.

 

EVENT CALENDAR

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

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

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.

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

Submissions: Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Please refer to the guidelines on the Water Institute website.

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.

 

Environ Sci Engineering - Ops