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Dear Colleagues,

Dear Colleagues,

Holiday Greetings!

For those of you celebrating the holiday season, we wish you a safe, peaceful and happy occasion with your family and friends. If you are on vacation and not checking your emails, great! 🙂

Please note that we have now moved our newsletter to a six-weekly cycle in order to free up some additional time for other Network activities that require attention, namely advocacy efforts, technical assistance and Network publications. Our next issue will be released around the end of January. We will continue to send out time-sensitive announcements such as calls for papers, event announcements or special announcements as needed. If you have any questions please contact Ryan Rowe, Network Communications Officer (

We would also like to note Procter & Gamble’s recent receipt of the Economist’s Social & Economic Innovation Award for its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. Please join us in congratulating them on this honour!

Best regards,

Ryan Rowe
Network Communications Officer

Contents of this Newsletter

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WHO: Evaluation Scheme for Household Water Treatment Products

The Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr Margaret Chan, has recently approved the creation of the proposed WHO Evaluation Scheme for Household Water Treatment Products. The objectives of the Scheme are to promote and coordinate independent testing and evaluation of household water treatment products based on WHO performance criteria and support governments in a number of evaluated related functions. WHO is currently in the process of selecting participating testing laboratories and establishing an Independent Advisory Committee to provide inputs on a number of the Scheme’s functions. For more information please contact Maggie Montgomery (

WHO: Global Action Plan on Diarrhoea and Pneumonia

Pneumonia and diarrhoea remain the leading causes of under-five mortality, accounting for 29% of all child deaths. In recent years, global strategies were developed to combat these illnesses and improve child health: the Global action plan for prevention and control of pneumonia and the WHO & UNICEF 7-point strategy on prevention and control of diarrhoea.

Over the last 12-18 months, global and regional workshops involving numerous partners were held to discuss accelerating the fight against these childhood killers and incorporating lessons learned from research, advocacy and implementation efforts. As a result, it was decided to develop a consolidated global action plan that would tackle both pneumonia and diarrhea in an integrated fashion. WASH plays an obvious critical role and various stakeholders have ensured that the discussions reflect the latest knowledge on good WASH practices, including HWTS. For example, input from WASH stakeholders includes recommending use of accepted HWTS indicators and references to the new Toolkit for monitoring and evaluating HWTS and the WHO document Evaluating household water treatment options: Heath-based targets and microbiological performance specifications.

It is expected that the final global action plan will be launched during the first half of 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Montgomery (

Network Secretariat: Minutes of October 2012 Joint AG & PPG Meeting available online

In October 2012 at the the Network’s Annual Meeting, the Network’s Advisory Group (AG) and Public-private Partnership Group (PPG) held a gathering to discuss various issues of importance. These groups were established to provide strategic guidance and input to the Network Secretariat. You can learn more about the Network Secretariat and the AG/PPG and download the minutes of the gathering here.

36th WEDC International Conference: Call for papers – deadline 15 February 2013

The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University is hosting its 36th WEDC International Conference in Nakuru, Kenya, from 1-5 July 2013. Titled “Delivering Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in an Uncertain Environment“, the annual WEDC conference will include three days of presentations and debate on peer-reviewed content, followed by a two-day capacity development programme designed to develop skills and knowledge in various topic areas. Submit your papers and other contributions by 15 February 2013. Download the Call for Papers.

Stockholm World Water Week 2013: Call for abstracts – deadline 7 January 2013

The World Water Week 2013 in Stockholm is calling for submission of abstracts. Submission should be made before January 7, 2013. Learn more here


Procter & Gamble: Economist Innovation Award for Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program

The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, a health impact initiative set up by US-based conglomerate Procter & Gamble, has won the Social and Economic Innovation Award for 2012 from the Economist Group. The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program works with partners in more than 65 countries to share its P&G Purifier of Water packets (formerly known as PuR), which contain a patented powdered technology that transforms dirty and contaminated water into clean, drinkable water. Learn more about the awards ceremony here and about P&G’s initiative here.

Triple Quest: Hydraid filters part of carbon offset project in Africa

The Kenya Clean Water Project, initiated by US-based Native Energy in collaboration with Triple Quest, a social enterprise initiative producing the Hydraid Biosand filter, reports that it has started generating carbon offsets under the Gold Standard, which allows firms to generate carbon credits for sale in the voluntary carbon market. The project is part of a larger-scale clean water project covering several other African countries, such as Ghana and Ethiopia. The Kenya Clean Water Project will generate 100,000 carbon credits while the total carbon offsets from all projects are estimated to be more than 500,000. Read more

SOHIP: More than 5000 households benefit from bio-sand filters

The Bio-sand Filters Practitioner’s Database reports that “Seeds of Hope International Partnerships (SOHIP), a Zambia-based NGO, has constructed hundreds of Biosand Filters at the Ndola Resource Center, installed them directly into community members’ homes, and conducted new recipient trainings, refresher sessions and follow ups.” Learn more about SOHIP’s worshops

Ecofiltro: Partnership with private firm AquaOvo in fundraising initiative

Network member Ecofiltro, a Guatemala-based social enterprise selling ceramic water filters and winner of the 2012 Schwab Entrepreneurship Award, recently partnered with Canadian water filter manufacturer AquaOvo in a fundraising model that is gaining traction in the development sphere. Ecofiltro’s business model is to sell filters in urban centres at a profit which allows them to reduce the cost of the filter to end-users living in lower-income rural communities. Through the new partnership, AquaOvo will target Canadian and US consumers with its high-end filter and water bottle and donate a portion of the profits to Ecofiltro to further support its work. Such a partnership model offers a possible solution to NGOs concerned with the challenge of raising funds on an ongoing basis.

Recent Events

World AIDS Marathon, December 2012

The 7th World AIDS Marathon took place on 1 December 2012 in Kisumu, Kenya. Network member Safe Water and AIDS Project is on the organizing committee along with other international and local organisations. SWAP has produced a report of the event to detail the logistical and financial preparations required for the event and the outcomes in terms of HWTS activities, volunteers, funds raised and general participation. Download SWAP’s report

ASTMH 61st Annual Meeting, November 2012

In November 2012, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene held its 61st Annual Meeting in Atlanta, USA. Our colleagues at WASHplus, a USAID-funded project focused on environmental health, have compiled an annotated bibliography of 21 HWTS presentations delivered at the conference. View the list of presentations and download the abstracts here.

Tapping the Turn: Water’s Social Dimensions, November 2012

In November 2012, the Household Water Use Researchers Network hosted Tapping the Turn, a conference in Canberra, Australia, and are making the proceedings available to interested parties. More than 80 participants attended the event which had 30 papers presented, five keynote presentations and three workshops. If you would like to access the papers, please contact Kate Harriden of the Household Water Use Researchers Network ( The keynote presentations can be viewed by clicking the links below.

  1. Margreet Zwarteveen (Wageningen University) titled Tapping the Turn part 1
  2. Toni Meeks (Yarra Valley Water) titled Tapping the Turn part 2
  3. Rohan D’Souza (Jawaharlal Nehru University) titled Tapping the Turn part 3
  4. Julie Wilk (Linköping University Sweden) titled Tapping the Turn part 4
  5. Jessica Weir (Canberra University) titled Tapping the Turn part 5

HWTS at the Water & Health Conference, October/November 2012 – All proceedings now available online

At the UNC Water & Health conference from 29 October – 2 November, HWTS featured large on the 50 of the items on the agenda. These ranged from verbal and poster presentations of recent research activities, to workshops, and of course the Network’s Annual Meeting. Materials from the Annual Meeting and HWTS-related side events are now available on the Network’s events page here.

Global Handwashing Day and World Toilet Day, October/November 2012

Back in October and November, the HWTS Network was invited to help create social media buzz around Global Handwashing Day (October 15th) and World Toilet Day (November 19th). You may recall that we shared the invitation with you through the Network’s listserv and actively used our twitter feed to help generate the buzz. The overall goal was to raise awareness and simply get people talking about handwashing and sanitation. Supporting our partner’s efforts in these areas is part of the Network’s mission of an integrated approach to WASH.

Participating was also a good learning experience in terms of how to develop and manage a social media campaign and bringing multiple actors on board to promote key messages and collaborate in communications. With over 200 million active users, there is no denying that Twitter is a communications channel that non-profit organisations need to (and should) learn how to use to promote their causes and share their work more widely. During 2013, we plan to bring you a webinar to provide you with some quick tips and tricks for using social media (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) in development and non-profit work.

If you want to see how we actually used Twitter, we have prepared a visual storyline of our contribution to the Global Handwashing Day campaign. Click here or on the image shown below.

Network Workshops on HWTS Strategies and Policies, June 2012: Update from Malawi and Zambia

Malawi & Zambia: Both Malawi and Zambia’s Ministry of Health recently submitted brief summaries of their respective national action plans on household water treatment and safe storage as a follow-up to the workshop held in Maputo, Mozambique in June 2012. In return, the World Health Organization and UNICEF have released seed funding of US$3,000 to each country’s. Ministry officials in Malawi plan to use the funds to host a consultative workshop with WASH sector stakeholders to collect input in further developing the national action plan and finalising during 2013. Ministry officials in Zambia intend to use the funds to advance efforts in various areas: an HWTS strategy, an M&E framework and a package of information, education and communication materials.

Download Malawi’s summary national action plan

Download Zambia’s summary national action plan


UN Water: United Nations Bimonthly Publications Review on water and sanitation

The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication has released its thirteenth issue of its Bimonthly Publications Review in English and Spanish. This Review features the latest publications produced by UN agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation. These publications are all free and can be downloaded from the web. Download the latest review in English and en Español

WASHplus: Household Drinking Water Quality Blog Updates

The WASHplus blog is part of a USAID-funded project featuring recent research and news on household drinking water quality and related topics. Its purpose is to create awareness and promote interest on household drinking water quality. Since the last issue of the HWTS Network newsletter on November 6, 2012, WASHplus published links on its blog to publications in the following subject areas related to HWTS and more generally WASH:

– Water Business Kit Kenya: A guide to starting your own water treatment and vending business | link

– Professor Sandy Cairncross raises concerns regarding Global Burden of Disease Study 2010| link

– Long-term Impact of Integration of Household Water Treatment and Hygiene Promotion with Antenatal Services | link

– Josh Kearns – charcoal for water filtration | link

– Environmental health and household demographics impacting Biosand Filter maintenance and diarrhea | link

– Safe-water shortages, gender perspectives, and related challenges in developing countries | link

– Modeling the Complexities of Water, Hygiene, and Health in Limpopo Province, South Africa | link

– Achieving long-term use of solar water disinfection in Zimbabwe | link

– Presentations from the 2012 HWTS Network Annual Meeting | link

– Addressing Inequities in Access to Health Products through the Use of Social Marketing, Community Mobilization, and Local Entrepreneurs in Rural Western Kenya | link

– CAWST – New Biosand Filter Website| link

– Hands and water as vectors of diarrheal pathogens in Bagamoyo, Tanzania | link

– Relationship between Use of Water from Community-Scale Water Treatment Refill Kiosks and Childhood Diarrhea | link

– Calibrating an optimal condition model for solar water disinfection in peri-urban household water treatment | link

– The efficacy of simulated solar disinfection (SODIS) against coxsackievirus, poliovirus and hepatitis A virus | link

– A Year in the Life of Dispensers for Safe Water | link

– HWTS Abstracts – 2012 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene | link

– Evaluating the Sustained Health Impact of Household Chlorination of Drinking Water in Rural Haiti | link

– Assessing Water Filtration and Safe Storage in Households with Young Children of HIV-Positive Mothers | link

Visit the WASHplus blog

WaterAid: New Publication on Menstrual Hygiene

Improving access to WASH is an essential part of improving menstrual hygiene for women and girls in lower and middle-income countries. This new resource by WaterAid, entitled Menstrual Hygiene Matters, provides nine modules and toolkits that cover key aspects of menstrual hygiene programming in different settings, including communities, schools, workplaces and emergency contexts. You can download the complete report, or individual chapters, as desired. Click here

Education, Work, and Funding Opportunities

CAWST: Country and Regional Workshops on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage – ongoing registration

The Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology regularly provides training workshops worldwide for individuals and organizations that serve the poor in developing countries. Workshops have a local host, draw participants from across the country or region and are arranged on a demand-driven basis. The curriculum uses hands-on, interactive learning to cover the theory and technical skills participants need to plan, implement or participate in water and sanitation programs in their location. In a given month, there usually tend to be a few HWTS-related workshops. CAWST is currently updating its calendar of workshops for 2013 and has advised that it will be completed by the end of the first week of January.

For WASH sector job listings, please refer to the WASH Vacancies Blog or the Relief Web Jobs site. If you wish to share an education, job, or funding opportunity with the Network, please tell us by email at or

Event Calendar for 2013

  • GeoGen 2013: 5-7 February, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Disinfection and Public Health 2013: 23-26 February, 2013 in Indianapolis, USA
  • Asia Water Week 2013: 13-15 March, 2013 in Manila, Philippines
  • Water Week Latinoamerica: 17-22 March, 2013 in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • Segunda Feria de Manejo Comunitario del Agua y Saneamiento: 21-24 March, 2013 in Granada, Nicaragua
  • India Water Week: 8-12 April, 2013 in New Delhi, India
  • Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium: 9-11 April, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • WASRAG World Water Summit V 2013: 21 June, 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 36TH WEDC International Conference: 1-5 July 2013 in Nakuru, Kenya – Call for Papers
  • World Water Week 2013: 1-6 September, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden – Call for Abstracts
  • 3rd IWA Development Congress & Exhibition: 14-17 October, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Water and Health 2013: 14-18 October, 2013 in Chapel Hill, USA
  • ASTMH 62nd Annual Meeting: 13-17 November, 2013 in Washington DC, USA
  • For more WASH and water-related event listings, please refer to the 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 or

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