Household Water Newsletter, Issue 49

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 49

Dear Colleagues,

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

  • HWTS Network Annual Meeting: Advancing Water Safety to the Last Mile
  • HWTS Network Regional Meeting in Colombia proceedings
  • HWTS Network Twitter Activities
  • Registration for UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy is open

As announced in April, Edema Ojomo, who took the lead of the HWTS network communications over the past years, has a new exciting assignment at the  Safe Water Network in New York and is no longer with the Water Institute. Let us take this opportunity to thank her very much for the wonderful work she has done connecting us within the HWTS Network.

As of now, I will try my best to follow in her footsteps and am looking very much forward to collaborating with each and every one of you. 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,

Carmen Anthonj

 

Household Water Newsletter, Issue 49

July 2018

Announcements and Requests

Webinars, Courses, and Events

Work and Funding Opportunities

Publications

Event Calendar

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REQUESTS

 

HWTS Network Annual Meeting: Advancing Water Safety to the Last Mile in Chapel Hill, USA

The WHO, UNICEF Water institute at UNC and CAWST is hosting the first Annual Meeting of the WHO/UNICEF International HWTS Network: Advancing Water Safety to the Last Mile in Chapel Hill, USA, during the 2018 UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, October 29th – November 2nd, 2018.

The 2018 Annual Network Meeting provides an opportunity to share the latest in research, implementation and policy on HWTS and water safety.

Building on the theme of advancing the SDG water safety agenda, this interactive session will share experience and learnings from the recent regional workshop held in Bogota, Colombia, and how governments in Latin America are advancing water safety in remote rural areas and areas of peri-urban growth. Such learnings help to inform the activities of the Network and highlight entry-points for the Network to contribute to the SDG drinking-water target and to collaborate with other actors.

In addition, the session will provide an opportunity to learn and share updates on current activities of the participating organizations/members of the Network, including supporting scale-up and sustained use of HWTS as well as an overview of results of Round II of the WHO HWTS Evaluation Scheme.

Registration for the UNC Water and Health Conference is open at reduced rates is available and will end August 8th, 2018. More information on registration can be found here.

 

HWTS Network Latin America Regional Meeting: Advancing the Water Safety Agenda in Bogota, Colombia

The WHO/UNICEF International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage held its first Latin America Regional Meeting “Advancing the Water Safety Agenda” in Bogota, Colombia, from May 7th through May 9th, 2018. The event was hosted by the Network, via PAHO/WHO and UNICEF, together with the Colombian Ministries of Housing, Cities, & Territories and of Health & Social Protection. CAWST coordinated and facilitated the meeting, and the event was made possible by funding from P&G and UNICEF. Attached, you will find the English translation of the summary report of the event. Additional resources, including the agenda and presentations are available (in Spanish) on the event’s website: www.hwts.info/tandas. Photos from the event can be found on CAWST’s Facebook page. We look forward to sharing more with you at the Network’s Annual Meeting at the 2018 UNC Water and Health conference!

 

UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy Online Registration

The 2018 UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, will take place in Chapel Hill, USA from October 29th through November 2nd, 2018. The conference focuses on measuring progress toward SDG targets, water scarcity, rural water supply, WaSH equity and inclusion and WaSH in emergencies.  Online registration at reduced rates is available and will end August 8th, 2018. More information on registration can be found here.

 

Stockholm World Water Week Online Registration

The 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.” Online registration at reduced rates is available and will end August 25th, 2018. More information on registration can be found here.

 

Request for Faircap Portable Water Filters / Call for Field Testing

With support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, Faircap has been developing a small, portable, easy to use water filter that can be screwed into standard soda bottles, which could be useful during emergencies, floods, refugee migrations, etc. The filter was found to remove 99.99% of E.coli. Faircap would now like to request the assistance of organizations working in emergencies to help them test the filters in the field. They want to conduct water quality analysis and qualitative surveys with practicioners and end users and receive their feedback. Faircap will assist those who can help them test their filters with shipping the filters. Please contact Mauricio Cordova at info@faircap.org.

 

Request for Low-Cost Approaches to Reduce Arsenic and Nitrite Contamination

Do you have low-cost approaches to solve arsenic and nitrite contamination? Reza Wifaq, the Project Supervisor and his team of Caritas Germany in Kabul, Afghanistan are implementing a WASH project in remote areas in Afghanistan. Under this project, they are digging wells to provide safe water to poor families. As they struggle with Arsenic and Nitrite water contamination, they are planning to provide a low-cost treatment approach to be replicable by families. If you have experience with effective and low-cost approaches on how to reduce the contamination, please contact Reza Wifaq at rezawifaq@gmail.com.

 

VERGNET HYDRO Odial Solutions Group Treatment of surface waters to provide 60,000 rural people with water in Guinea

Vergnet Hydro Odial Solutions Group works in collaboration with local authorities, governments, international agencies and private individuals and supply manual pumps and drinking water supply systems to rural and isolated environments. They advise NGOs working on emergency, post-emergency and development programmes. Find their recent press release on the treatment of surface waters to provide 60,000 rural people with drinking water in Guinea attached.

 

 About TAM Ceramics Water Filter Media

TAM Ceramics is ready for distribution of water filter media of granulated ceramics, to partner in fabricating large scale filter system containment, then implementing projects for point-of-use treatment. For further information, contact, rharvey@tamceramics.com. Find a recent presentation at Pfeifer University here.

Find information on TAM’s “Veritable Niagara”, which aims at seeking partners and meeting the SDG 6, as well as their most recent newsletter here.

 

HWTS Network on Twitter

We are intensifying our HWTS twitter activities and share interesting events, publications, trainings, webinars, infographics, stories, job opportunities and much more every week. We welcome all members’ contributions. Our twitter username is @household_water. We will post urgent information on twitter, so, check in periodically with us on twitter. 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

 

Two-week Ceramic Water Filter Course by Potters for Peace and the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation TechnologySept 24th – Oct 5th 2018, Adamah Clay Studios, Dodgeville Wisconsin, USA

The course by Potters for Peace and the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology is designed to train and support existing factory owners, attract and guide new ceramic filter factory startups, promote collaboration and communication between members of the filter community and improve filter quality on a global scale, thus helping to reduce the global burden of diarrheal disease.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. A course description is attached. To register, apply for a scholarship, or learn more visit here.

 

Global Handwashing Day 2018:  Clean hands- a recipe for health – Oct 15th 2018

Global Handwashing Day is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases. This year, the Global Handwashing Day focuses on the links between handwashing and food – including food hygiene and nutrition. Learn more about Global Handwashing Day and events, access tools and materials 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 carmen.anthonj@unc.edu or hhwater@who.int.

 

PUBLICATIONS


Effects of Behavior Change Campaign on Household Drinking Water Disinfection in the Lake Chad Basin using the RANAS Approach

This article by Lilje and Mosler shows how a behavior change campaign significantly increased chlorination of drinking water, although the effects of the campaign were mediated through different psychological factors. More information on the article can be found here.

 

Time series study of weather, water quality, and acute gastroenteritis at Water Safety Plan implementation sites in France and Spain

Setty et al. investigate long-term impacts of WSPs, water-related exposures and acute gastroenteritis rates. Their results suggest drinking water exposure to be associated with some potentially preventable gastrointestinal illness risk in high-income regions. More information on the article can be found here.

 

Adherence to Point-of-Use Water Treatment over Short-Term Implementation: Parallel Crossover Trials of Flocculation-Disinfection Sachets in Pakistan and Zambia

Shaheed et al. address the central issues of adherence to HWTS methods: correct, consistent, and sustained use. Their findings underscore the challenge of achieving high adherence to POU water treatment, even under conditions of short-term adoption with intensive follow-up. More information on the article can be found here.


EVENT CALENDAR

Global Handwashing Day: 15th October, 2018, worldwide

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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