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(The) WHO e-atlas of disaster risk for the European Region. Volume 1. Exposure to natural hazards. Version 2.0
  • (The) WHO e-atlas of disaster risk for the European Region. Volume 1. Exposure to natural hazards. Version 2.0
  • World Health Organization (WHO). December 2011
  • This e-atlas models the distribution of five natural hazards - seismic activity, floods, landslides, heat-waves and winds - and populations' exposure to them in 32 countries of the European Region. It provides the baseline data and maps needed to assess where the potential for damage may be the greatest and to underpin the call for more resources to improve emergency preparedness, reduce the health risks to vulnerable populations and aid the emergency response. This information also supports the identification, planning and prioritization of areas for prevent...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe
  • Main themes: Disaster prevention, Disasters, Emergency situations, Floods, Health, Risk management, Vulnerable groups

Valuing Water, Valuing Livelihoods. Guidance on Social Cost-benefit Analysis of Drinking-water Interventions, with special reference to Small Community Water Supplies
  • Valuing Water, Valuing Livelihoods. Guidance on Social Cost-benefit Analysis of Drinking-water Interventions, with special reference to Small Community Water Supplies
  • International Water Association (IWA), World Health Organization (WHO). December 2011
  • The aim of this publication is to give decision-makers, health professionals and analysts a comprehensive view of the arguments and challenges associated with establishing the value of drinking-water interventions. The experts who have contributed to this publication provide guidance on assessing the benefits from improving access to safe drinking-water and from reducing the burden of water-related diseases. They show how to compare the value of these benefits to the costs of interventions, with special reference to small-scale drinking-water systems. The spe...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Rural areas, Small-scale providers, Valuation, Vulnerable groups

Drinking Water. Equity, safety and sustainability. JMP thematic report
  • Drinking Water. Equity, safety and sustainability. JMP thematic report
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), World Health Organization (WHO). December 2011
  • This report illustrates in detail how people access drinking water and what changes have occurred since 1990. The report includes multiple disaggregation of water service levels and analyses of trends across countries and regions. It focuses on the three key challenges of equity, safety and sustainability. Disparities in terms of geography, wealth and gender are explored, which highlight the need to target water service delivery towards specific populations. Water safety concerns are highlighted and the scope of household water treatment is investigated. The ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Gender, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Pollution, Rural areas, Urban areas, Water services, Water supply

Guidelines for drinking-water quality. 4th edition
  • Guidelines for drinking-water quality. 4th edition
  • World Health Organization (WHO). July 2011
  • This 4th edition of the World Health Organization's Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality builds on over 50 years of guidance by WHO on drinking-water quality, which has formed an authoritative basis for the setting of national regulations and standards for water safety in support of public health. The Guidelines are addressed primarily to water and health regulators, policymakers and their advisors, to assist in the development of national standards. This edition of the Guidelines further develops concepts, approaches and information introduced in previous e...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disease, Drinking water, Health, Microbiology, Monitoring, Pollution, Risk management, Water management, Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water security

Evaluating Household Water Treatment Options: Health-based targets and microbiological performance specifications
  • Evaluating Household Water Treatment Options: Health-based targets and microbiological performance specifications
  • World Health Organization (WHO). July 2011
  • This document sets forth global criteria to evaluate whether a household water treatment (HWT) option reduces waterborne pathogens sufficiently to protect health. Through use of a risk-based framework and by emphasizing the philosophy of incremental improvement, it is intended to provide implementers and policy-makers with an evidence-based and pragmatic approach to select options suited to local conditions. The document provides a range of technical recommendations, including: a step-by-step overview of how to evaluate HWT microbiological performance; elabor...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Health, Microbiology, Practices and habits , Technology, Water quality, Water supply, Water treatment

Technical guidance on water-related disease surveillance
  • Technical guidance on water-related disease surveillance
  • World Health Organization (WHO). June 2011
  • This technical guidance is intended to assist the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health to the 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes in establishing and/or strengthening outbreak detection and early warning systems, contingency plans and capacity response in accordance with article 8 of the Protocol. The draft guidance reviews the main threats to health related to water services, recalls basic concepts of epidemiology and disease surveillance and provides guidance on data management and analysis....[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe
  • Main themes: Disease, Drinking water, Health, Legal aspects, Monitoring, Pollution, Technology, Transboundary waters, Vulnerability, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water treatment

Policy guidance on water-related disease surveillance
  • Policy guidance on water-related disease surveillance
  • World Health Organization (WHO). June 2011
  • This document contains guidance on the policy related to water-related disease surveillance developed by the Task Force on Water-related Disease Surveillance established under the Protocol on Water and Health to the 1992 Convention on Protection and Use of Transboundary Waters and International Lakes. It was adopted by the Meeting of the Parties during their second session (in Bucharest, Romania, in November 2010). The guidance explains countries' legal obligations related to disease surveillance under the Protocol and other international frameworks, and give...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Europe
  • Main themes: Disease, Drinking water, Health, Legal aspects, Monitoring, Pollution, Transboundary waters, Water treatment

World Health Statistics 2011
  • World Health Statistics 2011
  • World Health Organization (WHO). May 2011
  • World Health Statistics 2011 contains WHO's annual compilation of health-related data for its 193 Member States, and includes a summary of the progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. Information on indicators for certain risk factors that are associated with mortality and morbidity rates are included; these risk factors include unsafe water supplies and inadequate levels of sanitation, which increase the transmission of diarrhoeal diseases (including cholera), schistosomiasis, trachoma and...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Disease, Health, Information and data, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Sanitation

Small-scale water supplies in the pan-European region. Background, Challenges, Improvements
  • Small-scale water supplies in the pan-European region. Background, Challenges, Improvements
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), World Health Organization (WHO). April 2011
  • This document is intended for supporting decision-makers, such as policy-makers or regulators in the drinking-water sector, to appreciate better and address the particularities and characteristics of small-scale water supplies. It provides a range of background information, case studies and lessons learned, and gives ideas for addressing issues relating to small-scale water supplies in national programmes. Additionally, information on further reading as well as current international networking activities with respect to small-scale water supplies is provided.
  • Main themes: Community management, Drinking water, Health, Small-scale providers, Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water supply, Water treatment

Safe drinking-water from desalination
  • Safe drinking-water from desalination
  • World Health Organization (WHO). April 2011
  • This document aims to highlight the principal health risks related to different desalination processes and provide guidance on appropriate risk assessment and risk management procedures in order to ensure the safety of desalinated drinking-water. The document introduces the concept of water safety plans (WSPs) for desalination systems, provides an overview of potential hazards in source water and describes microbial and chemical risks and other key issues associated with treatment, remineralization, storage and distribution. The document will be of use to hea...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Desalination, Drinking water, Health, Microbiology, Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs), Water treatment

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