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Water Quality and Health Strategy 2013-2020
  • Water Quality and Health Strategy 2013-2020
  • World Health Organization (WHO). January 2013
  • This document sets out the strategy adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the period 2013-2020 to manage water quality with a view to protecting and promoting human health. The strategy is centred on primary prevention of waterborne and water-related diseases. The document provides background information on the burden of disease, linkages with global change, the economic risk-benefit approach; the WHO policy framework, international agreements and strategies; and guidelines for promoting effective policies and practices.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disease, Economic impact, Health, Water quality

Sustaining the drive to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases. 2nd WHO report on neglected tropical diseases
  • Sustaining the drive to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases. 2nd WHO report on neglected tropical diseases
  • World Health Organization (WHO). January 2013
  • This second report is mainly concerned with assessing the progress made in preventing and controlling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in relation to the targets and milestones in the WHO roadmap. This report also includes updated information on the distribution and impact of NTDs and their effects on women and children. Assessed water-related diseases include dracunculiasis (Guinea-worm disease) and Schistosomiasis among others. Chapter 4 makes a situation report of key interventions, including safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disease, Health, Hygiene, Sanitation, Water supply

World Health Statistics 2012
  • World Health Statistics 2012
  • World Health Organization (WHO). 2012
  • The World Health Statistics series is WHO's annual compilation of health-related data for its 194 Member States, and includes a summary of the progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. Unsafe water supplies and inadequate levels of sanitation and hygiene increase the transmission of diarrhoeal diseases (including cholera); trachoma; and hepatitis. The report presents a series of regional charts and, for six indicators - including population without access to improved drinking-water sources a...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disease, Health, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Sanitation, Water supply

Water Safety Plans - Training package. Participant workbook
  • Water Safety Plans - Training package. Participant workbook
  • International Water Association (IWA), World Health Organization (WHO). December 2012
  • This workbook is designed to be used by participants attending a water safety plan (WSP) training workshop that has been organized around the materials developed by the International Water Association (IWA) and World Health Organization (WHO). The learning material included in this workbook relates explicitly to the theory sessions that will be presented and the designed exercises. It therefore cannot be used as a standalone document to train people on all WSP aspects.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs)

Water Safety Plans - Training package. Facilitator handbook
  • Water Safety Plans - Training package. Facilitator handbook
  • International Water Association (IWA), World Health Organization (WHO). December 2012
  • This handbook is one third of a water safety plan (WSP) training package. It accompanies the WSP training workbook and WSP training PowerPoint presentations. The handbook is designed to be used by professional and non-professional trainers, who should have prior knowledge and understanding of WSPs, and who are facilitating WSP training based on the 2009 WSP manual of the International Water Association (IWA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The training is targeted at all professionals involved in the management of drinking-water safety. The handbook ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs)

(A) toolkit for monitoring and evaluating household water treatment and safe storage programmes
  • (A) toolkit for monitoring and evaluating household water treatment and safe storage programmes
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO). November 2012
  • This document is intended to address the lack of harmonized relevant tools and indicators to assist in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) programmes. The document delineates a step-by-step guidance to conduct monitoring and evaluation, including descriptions on how to 1) understand the context within which the HWTS programme is operating; 2) develop the M&E question(s); 3) select the appropriate indicator(s) to answer the question(s); 4) develop an M&E plan; 5) develop the M&E tools; 6) sel...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Health, Monitoring, Water quality, Water supply, Water treatment

Rapid assessment of drinking-water quality. A handbook for implementation
  • Rapid assessment of drinking-water quality. A handbook for implementation
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO). October 2012
  • This assessment explores the quality of drinking-water from "improved" sources and was conceived to probe into the question to what extent the quality of drinking-water from "improved" sources deviates from the assumption that it is safe. Results in five pilot countries shows a wide range of conditions, from full compliance with the WHO Drinking-water Quality Guidelines to specific sources in a given country only meeting standards in 34% of the samples. The handbook describes the methods and procedures applied by WHO and UNICEF in the five countries, for adop...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Health, Information and data, Microbiology, Monitoring, Water quality, Water supply

Atlas of health and climate
  • Atlas of health and climate
  • World Health Organization (WHO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO). October 2012
  • This atlas provides sound scientific information on the connections between weather and climate and major health challenges. These range from diseases of poverty to emergencies arising from extreme weather events and disease outbreaks. They also include environmental degradation, the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases and the universal trend of demographic ageing. Water-related diseases such as malaria and diarrhoea or water-related emergency situation such as floods and droughts are analysed. The Atlas gives practical examples of how the use ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disasters, Disease, Drought, Floods, Health, Risk management

Animal waste, water quality and human health
  • Animal waste, water quality and human health
  • World Health Organization (WHO). October 2012
  • This book collects relevant information, in connection with five different pathogens, on the scope of domestic animal and bird faeces discharged into the environment, the fate and transport of the faecal wastes (and the pathogens they may contain) that have been discharged into the environment, human exposure to the faecal wastes, potential health effects associated with those exposures and interventions that will limit human exposures to livestock waste. It also addresses the monitoring, detection and management related to these phenomena.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disease, Health, Livestock, Microbiology, Pollution, Risk management, Water quality

Water Safety Planning for Small Community Water Supplies. Step-by-step risk management guidance for drinking-water supplies in small communities
  • Water Safety Planning for Small Community Water Supplies. Step-by-step risk management guidance for drinking-water supplies in small communities
  • World Health Organization (WHO). July 2012
  • This manual is designed to engage, empower and guide communities in the development and implementation of water safety plans (WSPs) for their drinking-water systems. It provides guidance on how to apply effective and achievable management actions in order to improve the safety and quality of supplied water. Relevant to all community-managed systems, it is applicable to piped schemes, point sources such as hand pumps, protected springs or household rainwater harvesting systems and other sources. The guidance provided is valid for both new and existing schemes.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Community participation, Health, Risk management, Small-scale providers, Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water supply

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