Newsletter, March 2011
Greetings,We would like to extend our appreciation to the Network participating members that provided comments on the Phase II Strategy. We are in the process of compiling and considering this input and will distribute a table of comments and responses in the coming weeks. We will work on facilitating action on the key areas mentioned including training and capacity building, developing common monitoring criteria, sharing best practices and lessons learned and more effectively engaging all stakeholders (government, NGOs, donors and private sector) in advancing the understanding and sustainability of HWTS. We also would like to thank those that completed the short questionnaire. We will summarize and share the information gained from the questionnaire with the Network in the near future in order to facilitate further collaborations and collective action.
The HWTS Network’s Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2011 and will again take place in conjunction with the Water and Health: Where Science Meets Policy conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA. An all-day session is planned and themes for discussion will be developed giving consideration to feedback collected during the recent strategy review and participant questionnaire submissions. For details on the 2011 Water and Health Conference, click here.
Nearly 70 organizations have now joined or re-confirmed their participation in the Network. Participation is open to all interested organizations that agree with the Network objectives and guiding principles and who are committed to the Network mission of reducing water-related diseases through the promotion of household water treatment and safe storage practices. In order to express your interest, please complete a short questionnaire to register your proposed contribution to Network activities. Upon completion of the questionnaire access will be granted to EZcollab, the participant-only web space of the Network. Complete the questionnaire now
Disinfection 2011 will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA from April 10-12, 2011. Organizers have just announced three days of technical content on household water treatment including an all-day ceramic and bio-sand filter workshop with six research presentations on each technology; and four half-day sessions on each of the following topics i) diarrheal disease reduction research; ii) new and emerging treatment options; iii) critical evaluation of HWTS projects including the post-earthquake context in Haiti; iv) program implementation with examples from PSI, PATH, Procter & Gamble and others. Download more info
Last month, we invited Network participants to share their experiences on this topic. Thank you to those who have contributed so far. The forum remains open to others who may want to get involved.
As part of this discussion, we would like to highlight the experience of Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP), an NGO based in Western Kenya (Kisumu), and operating in Nyanza and Western Province. SWAP engages HIV support and self-help groups to promote and sell a range of water, health and nutrition products – some of which are important elements of a basic care package. Their innovative model uses behavioral change techniques, social marketing, entrepreneurship, community engagement, and peer-to-peer promotion to increase awareness, access and use of such products in a resource-limited setting. The aim of this intervention is to reduce diarrhea, malaria and malnutrition, provide an income for the HIV support group members and improve the health of the group members and the community at large. The HIV support group members contribute to society in a way which has reduced stigma and has given them recognition by the local leaders.
We have made available SWAP’s presentation on the program, which includes an overview of their implementation model and approach to marketing, distribution and training. The presentation also includes the results of a program evaluation conducted between 2007 and 2009. In 2010 alone, SWAP reports that it enabled the sales of 42,167 bottles of Waterguard, 161,021 sachets of PUR, 12,410 tablets of Aquatabs, 241 modified clay pots, 1,001 water storage buckets, and 22,217 hand-washing soaps. SWAP recently introduced ceramic filters in the basket of goods and already sold 111 filters in the first quarter of 2011.
Launched as an NGO in 2005, today SWAP has partnerships with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, KEMRI (Kenya Medical Research Institute), Population Services International, USAID, WHO, PATH, UNICEF, CHAK (Christian Health Association of Kenya), Vestergaard Fransen, Procter and Gamble, GAIN Foundation and a number of private foundations.
SWAP is a member of HENNET, a National Network of Health NGOs and FBOs and is represented in its board of directors.
If you would like to learn more, please visit the SWAP website and/or download the presentation overview of the program. Participants are invited to comment or ask questions about the program in the EZcollab discussion forum. Click here to access EZcollab.
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the PATH Safe Water Project is a five-year project launched in December 2006 which aims to assess gaps in the household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) market and to determine how well private-sector companies can successfully and sustainably reach lower-income consumers with effective HWTS products through a market-based approach.
In one of the more recent phases of the project, PATH conducted extended user testing of household water treatment devices to determine user preferences and inform future product design. The results of this research study later informed the design of a prototype of a new HWT product, which PATH field-tested in September 2010. As a result of these studies, PATH is now developing guidelines to aid manufacturers in improving HWT product design.
- Access the Extended User Testing project brief, photos and a video to learn more.
- Project brief | This project brief summarizes the findings and implications of user testing conducted for five household water treatment and safe storage devices in Andhra Pradesh, India, in 2009.
- Photo essay | This short photo essay describes some of the insights and learnings from PATH's Extended User Testing study in Andhra Pradesh, India from March to December 2009.
- Video highlights | To develop successful household water treatment products for low-income settings, designers must understand how families use them. These five video clips (shown in a continuous loop) highlight some of what PATH has learned from 20 households' experiences.
Note: At the 2010 HWTS Network Meeting in Chapel Hill, USA, Glenn Austin, the Director of PATH’s Safe Water Project, presented on how PATH’s user-centered design philosophy guides its approach to product development. A copy of the presentation was released in the Network's February 2011 newsletter. Download the presentation
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