Water Sanitation Health

Water safety for travellers

The draft text is now available for review. Comments are welcome following the format on the comment sheet provided here (see on your right).

Comments on the text should be sent before 15 May 2007 to gdwqtravellers@who.int

Rolling revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality

Water safety for travellers is included in the plan of work of the rolling revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality.

Background

Diarrhoea is the most common cause of ill-health for travellers; up to 80% of all travellers are affected in high-risk areas. Cases occur among people staying in resorts and hotels in all categories. It is important that travellers be aware of possible risks and take appropriate steps to minimize these.

A draft summary document and a technical support document on water safety for travellers had been prepared, and parts of them had been extracted and used in section 6.3 of the Third Edition of the Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality. The draft documents had been reviewed previously and had been used by WHO/PAHO and some other organizations.

Expected end-product(s)

  • Revised section 6.3, for inclusion in second addendum to the Third Edition
  • Reformatted pamphlet providing advice to travellers
  • Technical support document retained as reference document to support reformatted pamphlet

Progress to date

The Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Working Group meeting (Geneva, 2004) agreed to a plan of work, which was updated by the Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Working Group meeting (Geneva, 2005). The Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Working Group meeting (Geneva, 2006) agreed to include the revised section 6.3 in the second addendum. The pamphlet providing advice to travellers has been completed.

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