Alliance for the promotion of safe water and hygiene for the families of Latin America, Quito, 6-7 October 2005
Together with PAHO, the Household Water Network supported a regional meeting to promote household water treatment and safe storage in Latin America on 6-7 October, in Quito, Ecuador. A key objective was to strengthen regional and country efforts to develop larger-scale efforts involving multiple technologies, increasing options for consumer choice.
Participants, including those from Ministries of Health, acknowledged that improving household water quality through point-of-use treatment is a key strategy to reduce the 1.8 million deaths every year caused by diarrhoeal disease.
Participants agreed that public health policies aimed at the most vulnerable groups should consider incorporating household approaches to water management – particularly those targeting the rural poor, who may be excluded from the health benefits of conventional piped supplies for the foreseeable future. The meeting shared implementation experiences and seeded efforts to establish national or sub-regional level alliances (e.g. in Andean-block countries) focused on expanding access to safe water through home-based interventions.