Rural Water Supply Network / The Water Institute at University of North Carolina / World Health Organization / World Vision

New data on water quality: What it means for WASH

Tuesday 27 August | 12.00-12.45 | Room: M1
World Vision

In 2017, World Vision and UNC conducted a 14-country WASH evaluation, looking at WASH through the framework of the SDGs, examining both World Vision and non-World Vision operational areas. It is the largest evaluation of its kind. The evaluation included more than 35,000 household surveys, analysis of nearly 11,000 microbial water samples, and evaluation of WASH in 2,000 healthcare facilities and more than 2,600 schools. The evaluation uncovered significant water quality challenges facing the WASH sector – both at source and point of use. On average, 33% of water points do not meet drinking water quality requirements, and less than 40% of stored water at households free from bacteriological contamination.

World Vision has shared these water quality results with stakeholders, including local governments, the World Health Organization, and the Rural Water Supply Network, to nurture reflection on local water quality issues and to apply learnings from this large volume of data to the global WASH sector. After presenting evaluation findings, this showcase will convene a panel of government partners, World Vision, UNC, RWSN and WHO to discuss learnings and detail the way forward to ensure improved water safety for the most vulnerable into the future; followed by audience discussion.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.

Programme

12:00 Moderated introductions

12:03 Framing introduction from WHO
Bruce Gordon, WHO

12:08 What we found?
Presentation from UNC

12:20 How are we responding?
Presentations from World Vision and a government representative

12:30 Remarks and Q&A
Facilitatator: Meleesa Naughton, RWSN

12:45 End of sessions