Water sanitation hygiene

Publications and documents related to household water treatment and safe storage

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The following is a list of WHO publications and meeting reports relating to household water treatment and safe storage.

Chronological order

Boil water: Technical brief

Scientific basis for the inactivation of microbial pathogens in liquids at temperatures approaching 100°C.

Considerations for policy development and scaling-up household water treatment and safe storage with communicable disease prevention efforts

This document serves to share key outcomes from discussion amoung the HWTS community. It begins by summarizing the main discussion outcomes, including the specific recommendations for integrating HWTS with key health efforts and supporting scaling-up efforts. It then provides a brief description of the presentations and discussions.

Status of national household water treatment and safe storage policies in selected countries

The conclusions of this repor tis that greater support is needed to develop and implement national HWTS policies, encourage integration with other health interventions and diarrhoeal disease prevention efforts, and strengthen monitoring, evaluation and regulation

Toolkit for monitoring and evaluating household water treatment and safe storage

The toolkit provides an overall framework for planning, conducting, and utilizing monitoring and evaluation data to improve programme outcomes.

Water safety planning for small community water supplies

Step-by-step risk management guidance for drinking-water supplies in small communites
Manual designed to engage, empower and guide communities in the WSP development and implementation process.

Combined household water treatment and indoor air pollution projects in urban Mambanda, Cameroon and rural Nyanza, Kenya

In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a request for proposals (RFP) on the integration of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Household Water Treatment (HWT) at the household level in Africa. Globally, the burden of ill‐health in Africa due to unsafe drinkingwater, inadequate sanitation and polluted indoor air stands out prominently.

Evaluating household water treatment options

This document sets forth global criteria to evaluate whether a household water treatment option reduces waterborne pathogens sufficiently to protect health.
Also available in French

Guidelines for drinking-water quality, fourth edition

This edition of the Guidelines for drinking-water quality is the product of significant revisions to clarify and elaborate on ways of implementing its recommendations of contextual hazard identification and risk management.

Diarrhoea: why children are still dying and what can be done (2009)

The objective of this WHO/UNICEF report is to focus attention on the prevention and management of diarrhoeal diseases as central to improving child survival.

Scaling up household water treatment among low-income populations

This report examines the evidence to date regarding the scalability of HWTS. It seeks to consolidate existing knowledge and experience and distill the lessons learnt.

Essential prevention and care interventions for adults and adolescents living with HIV in resource-limited settings

This document is the result of an effort to review the evidence and develop recommendations for interventions to reduce illness associated with HIV infection and prevent HIV transmission.

Combating waterborne disease at the household level

This document reviews the case for managing water quality in the home, describes the Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage and its objectives, gives a brief overview of low-cost technologies, and outlines some of the implementation challenges that lie ahead.

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