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, opportunities, and linkages between GWPP and the Sanitation Guidelines.”
With the release of the WHO’s new manual for “safe use and disposal of wastewater, greywater, and excreta” (Sanitation Safety Planning),” the WHO has created a platform to provide information supplementing the previously published “Guidelines for Safe Use of Wastewater, Excreta, and Greywater.” A focused approach to resolving sanitation issues allows for joint efforts between entities, such as the GWPP and the WHO Sanitation Guidelines, to work collaboratively in improving global sanitation conditions.
Susan Petterson, the editor of the Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment section, facilitates the the WHO-GWPP partnership, while actively engaging in meetings and workshops to create cohesion between the respective entities. Susan recently submitted a workshop proposal titled “Sanitation Safety Planning and the GWPP: Supporting the Accessibility of Scientific Evidence to Aid Microbial Risk Management” to the International Water Association World Water Congress & Exhibition; the workshop will held in Brisbane, Australia, October 9 – 13, 2016. These collaborations and workshops will promote the expansion of a global community, all the while capitalizing on the concerted efforts in the eradication of global health disparities.