It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our dear colleague Huw Taylor who passed away after a battle with cancer. What a great friend he was. He cared about water and science. He loved working with others to make things better. He challenged us and made us think but at the same time made us laugh. He was known as someone who worked tirelessly and helped many around the world. He saved lives and was always concerned about the poor, sick and of course especially the children.
The Global Water Pathogen Project (GWPP) is nearly complete! For the rest of 2018 our team will be working to publish the remaining chapters of the GWPP while also transitioning to the next phase of the project: Water-K2P. Our GWPP user community can expect photos and videos about the progress of the Water-K2P project and updates to the look and functions of the website.
Authors and editors from the GWPP network were in attendance at the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Brisbane, Australia October 9th to 14th and participated in two workshops related to the GWPP mission.
The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is the global event for water professionals. It offers new insights into how pioneering science, technological innovation and leading practices shape the major transformation in water management that is underway. It draws over 5,500 of the top water, environment and related professionals from more than 100 countries from across the water sector, including thought leaders from within and beyond the water sector.
“Safari” means journey in Swahili, one of the main languages in Tanzania. Although, the Global Water Pathogen Project (GWPP) team didn’t take a Safari to a national park, they took a journey to the capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, for the third in the series of user community workshops after Leeds in the UK and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA.
Sub-Saharan Africa is among the world’s regions with the lowest level of sanitation coverage. According to the UN, 115 people in Africa die every hour from diseases linked to poor sanitation, poor hygiene and contaminated water, with open defecation being the primary cause of fecal oral transmission of disease. African Ministers responsible for sanitation and hygiene thus adopted the Ngor Declaration in 2015 to achieve universal access to adequate and sustainable sanitation and hygiene services.
The Africa Water Week (aww) is convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission and organized with other development partners. It represents a political commitment at the highest level with over 1000 participants from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society, and the media from all over the world, and in particular Africa, meeting to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water resources, and sanitation challenges.
The Sanitation Team, along with several members of the user community, met in Leeds, UK. The meeting was held at the University of Leeds, Civil Engineering Building where professor Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero, along with graduate students Esther Sample and Carolina Montoya-Pachongo, were the hosts for the event.
With the new release of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), there is a global mandate to improve and transform the world by 2030. Amongst these 17 major goals, SDG 6 aims to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” With this goal, the organizers of the AWW have designed the program and approved presentations that would serve as an informative guide for Africa, as a continent, to achieve the goals specific to water and sanitation.
On May 17, 2016, the Bacterial Pathogen Team of the Global Water Pathogen Project hosted a User Community Feedback workshop at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Water Microbiology Conference. The workshop was designed to “educate and advertise the GWPP” as a resource/tool for users (Academia, Industry, NGO, Public Health, Utilities, and Governmental Agencies) to use in their decision making processes.
UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and Michigan State University (MSU) brought together more than twenty sanitation technology experts on 21 March 2016 at the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, to address the risk factors constituted by water pathogens.
This is a dedicated programme of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) that promotes doctoral research and education at the highest standards and provides excellent opportunities for cross-disciplinary research. International networking is facilitated by a mobility programme with a spectrum of attractive international partner institutions and a comprehensive guest scientist programme.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
(BACTERIAL PATHOGENS TEAM)
The Global Water Pathogen Project, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), held a workshop during the 18th International Water Association Health Related Water Microbiology Symposium in Lisbon, Portugal. Topics presented during the workshop included “Policy and implementation processes affecting sanitation uptake,” “Overview on the development of WHO Guidelines and Sanitation and Health,” “Impact of sanitation on health, coverage, and use and faecal exposure,” “Sanitation and the Global Water Pathogen Project,” and finally “…research gaps,
The Protists team, along with an author and the editor of Helminths team, met in Paris France, June 28 -29, 2015 at UNESCO. The overall goal of the meeting was to revisit the protists of fecal origin and create the outline for the GWPP chapters for this section. The full Protists team can now be found using the Global Water Pathogen Network map.