Newsletter: October 30, 2014, Issue #48
- Global WaSH News
- Conference News
- Water Institute News
- Recent Publications on WaSH from UNC Researchers
- Campus WaSH News: Water in Our World
The Ebola Virus epidemic that has struck several countries in West Africa and now Western Europe and the United States has raised many questions and concerns about the transmission and spread of the virus. The virus has not been extensively studied in the context of risks associated with WaSH. However, much is known about Ebola and other viruses that provide the basis for addressing many WaSH-related questions concerning potential environmental transmission routes and their human exposure risks. These were discussed at a special event held during the 2014 Water and Health Conference. The panel’s presentation is available here: W&H Conference Ebola and WaSH Session Presentation.
A brief survey of WaSH implementing organizations was prepared by KPMG and World Vision. Survey results will be used by KPMG to generate an aggregated estimate of the people who will be reached this year and next year with WaSH programs. The purpose is to show the progress being made and the gaps needed to fill in order to solve the global water crisis. To learn more about the survey’s purpose or to participate in the survey, visit: WashFunders.org Blog.
The Water Institute at UNC wishes to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Water and Health Conference a great success including our sponsors, participants, presenters, and special guests. We have added a great deal of multi-media to the Conference website at whconference.unc.edu. Materials include presentations, video footage of plenary sessions, blog posts about the Conference, and Future Technologies for Water Competition presentations video. Also, under “Conference News”, you will find links to the #UNCWH2014 Twitter stream and our Storify site chronicling social media activity and photos from the Conference. Keep checking the website, as we will continue to add presentations and plenary summaries as they come available.
The 2015 Nexus Conference will be held March 15-17, 2015 at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A. The abstract and side event proposal deadline has been extended to November 10, 2014.
The Conference themes are:
- Sustainable and Resilient Development at a Local Level
- Transboundary, National, and Local Nexus Governance
- Corporate Stewardship of the Nexus
- Financing in a Nexus World
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Water Stress, vulnerability, and Health
- Managing Resources: Optimizing Co-Demands
Visit the conference website at nexus.unc.edu for more information.
2015 Water Microbiology Conference
The 2015 Water Microbiology Conference will be held May 18-22, 2015 at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., U.S.A.
The fifth module for The Water Institute’s online Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) course, “Analysis of Data,” will open on October 31. The self-paced M&E online program consists of 10 core modules, including basic design issues, approaches to sampling, conducting surveys and continuous quality improvement. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Team Members
The Water Institute is collaborating with the International WaterCentre, Monash University, University of the South Pacific and Live and Learn on a new project funded by the Australian Government to inform the development of sustainable, demand-driven water and sanitation services. The project was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. More information on the project can be found here.
Dodds, F, Laguna-Celis J, and Thompson L. The Plain Language Guide to Rio+20: Preparing for the New Development Agenda, 2014. New World Frontiers Publications.
Twenty years after the “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, the Rio+20 conference in 2012 positioned sustainable development at the center of the global development agenda and made it the basis for eradicating poverty, improving quality of life, and transforming economies. In plain language, this book sets out the background to Rio+20 and the discussions shaping new Sustainable Development Goals expected to be agreed in September 2015. The authors make ten practical recommendations for international and national government decision-makers.
Circuit Rider Post-construction Support: Improvements in Domestic Water Quality and System Sustainability in El Salvador. Kayser, Georgia L, William Moomaw, Jose Miguel Orellana Portillo, and Jeffrey K Griffiths. 2014. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 4 (3): 460–470.
Small, rural, piped water supply systems are often unable to provide reliable, safe, and sustainable services. Circuit Rider (CR) post-construction support (PCS) addresses these challenges through technical, financial, and operational assistance. This article is the first rigorous study of the CRPCS model. In a case-control study in El Salvador, CRPCS communities had better water quality and sustainability outcomes. CRPCS offers practitioners a low-cost approach (< $1/household/year) for improving water services.
October 30, 7:00-8:30 PM, Friday Center, Chapel Hill