Household Water Newsletter, Issue 48

Dear Colleagues,

 

Hope you are all doing well. We have some exciting news and events coming up. Thank you to those of you who submitted announcements for the newsletter. Some highlights include:

  • HWTS Network Regional Meeting in Latin America
  • Super Early Bird Registration for Stockholm World Water Week is open
  • New communications point-person for the Network

 

I would like to share that this will be my last newsletter to the Network as I am no longer at the Water Institute. I am currently at Safe Water Network in New York (please feel free to visit and say hi if you’re ever in the area). It’s been great partnering with you since I took on this role. Thank you all for all the support, exciting conversations, and engagement with the Network. I look forward to continuing being part of the Network.

Carmen Anthonj will be taking over as the Network Communications officer. She is joining the Water Institute as a post-doc. Carmen has a background in Medical Geography and her experience spans health risk perceptions, health risk behavior, the cultural context of health, and addressing the interlinkages between water, sanitation, hygiene and human health.

Please feel free to get in touch with Carmen 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 48

March/April 2018

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities

Publications

Event Calendar

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

HWTS Network Latin America Regional Workshop in Bogota, Colombia

The WHO/UNICEF International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage is hosting the first Latin America Regional Workshop: Advancing the Water Safety Agenda in Bogota, Colombia, May 9-11th, 2018.

The Government of Colombia, PAHO/WHO and UNICEF, with the support of CAWST and other members of the network, will lead a participatory 3-day workshop to engage inter-sectoral stakeholders and unify efforts to make progress toward Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.1, focusing on improved service delivery to achieve water safety from catchment to point-of-use.

In Latin America, access to improved water sources is high, but ensuring water safety remains a challenge, especially in remote, rural areas and areas of peri-urban growth. To address the challenge of safe water provision in such areas, the government of Colombia established several regulations in 2016 acknowledging alternative solutions for when centrally treated, piped water is not feasible in these settings. These regulations authorize municipalities and service providers to use a combination of service delivery approaches, including HWTS, to address water safety and reach unserved populations. As such, The WHO/UNICEF International Network on HWTS is hosting a Latin America Regional Workshop to learn from Colombia’s experience, share with and learn from other partners, and jointly advance the water safety agenda in the region.

This event targets government representatives from the region, but network members are also welcome to participate. The event will be held in Spanish. If you are interested in attending and able to cover your own expenses to do so, please contact Eva Manzano (Global WASH Advisor, CAWST) at emanzano@cawst.org by April 15th. See attached for the Save the Date.

Super Early Bird Special for Stockholm World Water Week Open

World Water Week will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from August 26th , 2018 through August 28th, 2018. The theme for 2018 World Water Week is “Water, Ecosystems and Human Development.” The Super Early Bird Special is currently Available and will end April 15th, 2018. More information on registration can be found here.

Data Collation Request – Global Market / Needs – Household Water Treatment

Do you have market or needs data you can share? Barry Johnston is seeking to review and collate a bibliography of market and needs studies, segmented perhaps by community, geography and on/off-grid status. He hopes to update everyone in the next newsletter. His motivation is as a developer of a novel solar thermal household water treatment technology, who seeks to deploy it with potential partners on an optimized cost-per-life-saved basis. If you have market or data needs or have any questions, please contact Barry Johnston at barryjohnstonemail@gmail.com. Also, visit jamebi.com to learn more.

Partnering with Mzuzu University, Malawi

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. 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/.

About TAM Ceramics Water Filter Media

High volume water filter media of granulated ceramics, and the systems of safe drinking water are available from TAM Ceramics, tamceramics.com. While systems of any size can be designed for any sized community, click the link for an example of a small sized system. For further information, contact, rharvey@tamceramics.com. More information can be found here and in the attached.

Establishment of the African Ocean Literacy Civil Society Action Network

We kindly request your collaboration and support for the Establishment of the African Ocean Literacy Civil Society Action Network. This will go a long way in addressing the problem of plastic pollution in our ocean. For more information, please contact Anthony Akpan at ajakpan@yahoo.com.

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

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

Water Utilities in Ethiopia finish their job on delivering Safe Water at Point of Use

Does Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage have an owner?  Yes! In  Ethiopia, water utilities in Amhara Region consider that promoting, distributing and selling household water filters is their responsibility  because: ‘ The health of the people is our mandate’ .  Read more about this promising Public Private Partnership approach here. You can also find the link to the article and other interesting stories here.

 

Emergency Household Water Filter Challenge: Evaluation Matrix and Report by Humanitarian Innovation Fund, June 2017.

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) describes the results of an evaluation of 34 HWTS products. HIF identified 16 ideal filter features and criteria divided into three categories—ease of use, performance, and logistics. These were used to evaluate and compare the filters. The report can be found here.

 

Impact of Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hand Washing with Soap on Childhood Diarrhoeal Disease: Updated Meta-Analysis and -Regression

This article by Wolf et al. provides an updated assessment of the impact of unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene on childhood diarrheal disease. Results suggest household connections of water and community sanitation are particularly impactful in reducing the risk of diarrhea. More information on the article can be found here.

 

 

EVENT CALENDAR

Nexus 2018 Conference: 16th April to 18th April, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

2018 Water Microbiology Conference: 21st May to 28th May, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

41st WEDC Conference: 9th July to 13th July, 2018 in Nakuru, Kenya

2018 World Water Week: 26th August – 31st August, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden

Water and Health Conference: 29th October – 2nd November, 2018 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 hwtsnetwork@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 Carmen Anthonj at hwtsnetwork@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.

 

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