Water conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

I am in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia again! This marks my fourth or fifth visit in the last six months. On this trip, I’ll be attending an international water conference to deliver a presentation and a training workshop on monitoring and evaluating programs to improve access to safe drinking water. Monitoring and evaluation activities are methods used to verify that programs are working the way they are supposed to work and giving people the safe drinking water they need. Support for these activities has been provided by Aqua for All, Consultant Henk Holtslag, Tulip Addis Water Filter (a company I described in a recent blog post), Procter & Gamble, World Health Organization and UNICEF.

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Effectively Monitoring & Evaluating
Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage
Friday, April 12, 9:00am-12:30pm at the Hilton Hotel Addis Ababa

BACKGROUND: In 2012, the World Health Organization and UNICEF launched a new toolkit on conducting monitoring and evaluation activities for household water treatment and safe storage (“HWTS”) programmes. HWTS methods, when used effectively and consistently, can reduce the burden of diarrhoeal disease by improving and maintaining the quality of household drinking water through safe collection, transport, handling, treatment, and storage practices. The toolkit provides a harmonised set of tools and indicators to assist in programme monitoring and evaluation and ensure that the full health impact potential of HWTS can be achieved.

OVERVIEW: This session is an introductory workshop on effectively monitoring and evaluating household water treatment and safe storage. Workshop activities will be designed to cater to those who are interested to learn the basic practices of starting and implementing monitoring and evaluation activities for HWTS, either as an intervention within a WASH programme or broader communicable disease prevention efforts.

GOAL: The workshop aims to introduce participants to the methods, indicators and objectives of monitoring household water treatment and safe storage and provide an interactive forum for learning about how to use the toolkit, exchanging ideas and addressing questions and challenges to implementation.

DESIRED LEARNING OUTCOMES:  This three-hour workshop will enable participants to understand:

  1. Importance of M&E and HWTS, within WASH and broader health programs.
  2. Importance of achieving correct, consistent and effective use of HWTS.
  3. How to use the 20 harmonised indicators for monitoring and evaluating HWTS.
  4. How to integrate M&E data into program design and use it to improve program implementation and effectiveness.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE: This session is designed for those who are interested in improving or evaluating the effectiveness of a program to promote and / or implement HWTS so as to improve access to safe drinking-water. This may include public health officers, WASH practitioners from local and international NGOs, donors, policy-makers, manufacturers, and regulators. There is no need to have any prior experience with monitoring & evaluation or HWTS to participate in this session. Participation will be limited to 30 people.

MATERIALS NEEDED: Pens and notepads will be provided. Participants should come prepared to share their experiences, challenges and questions and engage with others in dialogue and interactive activities. All who complete the session will receive a printed and bound copy of the M&E toolkit which they can take home with them. Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

REGISTER ONLINE: http://householdwatertreatmentandsafestorage.eventbrite.com

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