Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Dissemination Water Safety Plans Training (APW Report), 18 February to 11 March 2006; VTN, LAO and PHL; Authors: Dr D. Deere, Mr B. Magtibay and Mr S. Mahmud
During February and March 2006 a mission was undertaken by the World Health Organization. The training mission included two components: 'Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality 3rd Edition (2004) (GDWQ) Dissemination' and 'Water Safety Plan (WSP) Training.' The GDWQ Dissemination and WSP Training Workshops were nominally of two and three days duration respectively and took place twice and thrice respectively. Three venues generously hosted the training including Hai Duong in Viet Nam, Thalad in Lao PDR and Manila in the Philippines. At each workshop there were around 25 participants.The objectives of the training were to provide practical training and advice to water supply and health sector professionals to help them improve water safety as well as to help WHO identify improvement opportunities for the rolling revision process of the GDWQ and its supporting training material.The GDWQ Dissemination Workshops involved lectures describing each chapter of the GDWQ followed by a question and answer session to explain the concepts in more details. A summary of the discussions was captured along with a shortlist of key issue of interest to the WHO rolling revision process.The WSP Training Workshops involved an active learning process. Firstly, brief presentations were given to explain each concept, support upfront by an overview of a completed WSP for Chapi Nawabgonj Pourashava, Bangladesh. After a presentation on each concept, the workshop participants identified and captured an interpretation of that concept for their chosen case study water supply system. By the end of the three-day workshop, an illustrative example of the beginnings of a WSP had been created and a program for implementing WSPs locally and nationally was proposed.