October 26, 2015
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Convened by the Water Institute at UNC, World Health Organization, & UNICEF

On Monday, October 26th, the International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (“the Network”) conducted their annual meeting at the 2015 Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, USA. There were over 70 individuals in attendance representing governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, business enterprises, and development organizations.

The meeting was split into two sessions. The first session was focused on reviewing activities and HWTS innovations from 2014/2015. Session 1 included presentations about the latest evidence on HWTS, key areas of work for the Network Secretariat, as well as an innovation panel.

The second session centered on the future and priorities for moving forward with the Network strategy post-2016. Key presentations included a review of the Phase II strategy and recap of Network activities from 2015. The Secretariat also sought input from Network members to help shape the strategy for Network activities post-2016. In particular, Network members expressed their interest in an increased focus on enabling environments, reaching the most vulnerable, and better monitoring of HWTS uptake, among other things.

Key Discussions:

Session 1

What’s New in the Evidence on HWTS

  • Assessing Compliance in HWTS by Ghislaine Rosa, LSHTM | Download
  • Socio-Psychological Determinants for Safe Drinking Water Consumption Behaviors by Hans Mosler, Eawag | Download

Spotlight on Key Areas of Work

  • Update on Rounds I and II of the Scheme by Batsi Majuru, WHO | Download
  • Water Safety Plans and HWTS by Angie Saleh, UNICEF | Download

Innovation Panel

Panelists:

  • The State of HWTS by Glenn Austin, PATH | Download
  • The Innovation Adoption Process by Laura McLaughlin, Cascade Designs Inc. | Download
  • Innovation Scrum with Girl Effect by Tom De Blasis, TBD Collective | Download
  • Creating Markets for HWTS by Fanny Boulloud, Antenna Technologies | Download

Session 2

Review of Network Strategy and Regional Workshops

  • Overview of 2011 – 2014 Workshops and Lessons Learned by Batsi Majuru, WHO | Download
  • Spotlight on Ghana: Progress since 2013 Workshop by Kweku Quansah, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana | Download
  • Review of Phase II Strategy and Priorities for 2016 by Basti Majuru, WHO and Angie Saleh, UNICEF

Key Responses: What should we set out to achieve through the Network post-2016? What should our objectives be?

  • Technology vs. implementation
  • From implementers: more support to get products out
  • Reaching the most vulnerable
    • Issues of cost
    • Reaching the disabled
    • Segmenting the market – willingness and capacity to pay at different income levels
  • Setting standards for new technologies
    • What are all the boxes that need to be checked?
    • How do we know what’s going to work and what doesn’t?
  • Who is doing what, and where?
    • How can we better engage Network members?
      • Look to SuSanA as an example; also, the Rural Water Supply Network
      • CAWST is setting up an HWTS knowledge base with the idea of bringing stakeholders together

Talk Show

Panelists:

  • Kweku Quansah, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana
    • “One of the key issues that can provide a lot of impact is advocacy. There is a lot of experience in this area that can be shared.”
  • Rochelle Rainey, USAID
    • “If we are going to encourage greater engagement, we really need to target better; we need more advocacy and education around teachable moments.”
  • Allison Hill, Vestergaard Group
    • “You learn more from bad data than you do from good data; we need a strategy, but we also need some sort of implementation tool.”