Background to the Bangkok meeting
The WHO-led International Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage is comprised of approximately 60 collaborating organizations raising awareness, carrying out research, and implementing pilot projects on point-of-use water treatment and storage.
It was created in response to: 1) recent evidence that demonstrated that household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) can effectively reduce diarrhoeal disease, is cost effective, and can be rapidly deployed, and: 2) acknowledgement that a series of barriers – including a lack of awareness of HWTS, research gaps, and inaccessible information – pose a challenge to scaling-up activities. It was felt that a network model would optimize efforts to promote HWTS, with the aim of contributing to a significant reduction in waterborne disease.
Following an exploratory consultation with key stakeholders, the first annual meeting of the Network was held at PAHO-HQ, Washington DC, in June 2003 to establish its structure, 5-year strategy and working groups. Participants at the second annual meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya, June 2004, reviewed progress, agreed on a workplan for 2004/2005, and recommended that the next annual meeting be held at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand.
The technical symposium segment builds on the success of the 16-17 June 2004 CDC/CARE/PSI/Emory University/Keny Ministry of Health/Nursing Council of Kenya International Symposium: Household Technologies for Safe Water.