Household Water Management
Our research on water seeks to establish the evidence concerning
the impact of water on human health and to explore innovative
ways to sustainably deliver effective and affordable interventions
to the most vulnerable populations.
Review on interventions to improve water quality for the
prevention of infectious diarrhoea demonstrated that household-based
approaches, such as using locally-produced ceramic filters,
are more than twice as effective in preventing diarrhoeal
disease as conventional improvements at the water source.
Our cost-effectiveness analysis of such interventions, undertaken
for the World Health Organization, found such interventions
to be highly cost effective.
We work with:
- private companies to help develop
and test new products and technologies and to increase uptake
through demand-driven strategies
- governments to develop standards
- NGOs who seek to implement
- donors and international organisations
to take successful approaches to scale in order to advance
the Millennium Development Goals to increase access to safe
- Increasing Uptake of Household
Building on the Hygiene Centre's expertise in understanding
and using the complex factors that affect human behaviour
in adopting healthful innovations, staff are working with
private companies to develop creative marketing campaigns
and communication strategies to increase acceptance and
long-term use of household-based products to improve water
- Scaling Up Household Water Treatment
Under a contract with the WHO, members of the Hygiene Centre
are analysing worldwide coverage of household water treatment,
documenting the strategies employed to date to expand implementation,
and develop recommendations to increase coverage following
commercial, quasi-commercial and public/NGO models.
- Point-of-Use Water Treatment in Emergencies
Having completed an evaluation of the drinking water response
to the Indian Ocean Tsunami for the WHO, Hygiene Centre
investigators are currently working with NGO's to explore
the role of point-of-use water treatment in response to
natural disasters and complex emergencies.