A delegation from the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity visited RIVM on May 30th 2017. Mutual interests were discussed and also future collaborative activities.
From 26 – 28 June 2017, Harold van den Berg (RIVM) and Giuliana Ferrero (UNESCO-IHE) conducted a training to explain the Water Safety Plan (WSP) approach of the World Health Organization (WHO) and train water quality experts as an international facilitator for implementation of WSP in small or large urban drinking-water supplies. The training also focused on inter-cultural aspects facilitators may face during implementation of WSP in different countries.
The project SMALL aims at supporting the development of applicable and sustainable water and sanitation provision models for small towns of Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of this project Harold van den Berg (RIVM) provided training on Water Quality Monitoring for a small water supply (Collins Ltd) in Moamba, Mozambique. The training was held from 5 – 8 June 2017 at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique.
RIVM gave a series of trainings in June 2017, the first of which was a fact-finding mission in the context of the WHO project "Small and Safe: scaling up water safety planning and effective water quality monitoring in rural Tajikistan". The training was given on invitation by the World Health Organization (WHO).
For the WHO-Euro project “Small and safe: scaling-up water safety planning and effective water quality monitoring in rural Tajikistan”, Harold van den Berg (RIVM) visited the five Sanitary Epidemiology and Surveillance (SES) district laboratories different rayons to make an inventory of the current practices, equipment and methodologies.
From 20–26 August 2017, Harold van den Berg (RIVM) and Bettina Rickert (Umweltbundesamt, Germany) visited Ethiopia for the continuation of the project Source to Tap and Back. In this project, (2013 – 2018), RIVM supports the implementation of Water Safety Planning at two drinking water companies (Addis Ababa and Adama) and the improvement of their laboratories.
With over 1,600 downloads, the scientific article 'Towards a research agenda for water, sanitation and antimicrobial resistance', was one of the most-read articles of IWA Publishing in 2017. The article published in the Journal of Water and Health was a co-publication by RIVM and experts from several countries and WHO.
RIVM and the Institute for Water Education (IHE) Delft facilitated a workshop on Climate Resilient Water Safety Plans (CR-WSP) on January 22 - 23 2018, in Maputo, Mozambique. In a highly interactive environment, a small group of key players in the Mozambican water sector were brought together: the Water Supply Regulatory CRA, the asset holder AIAS and the operators AdeM and the Mozambican water service supplier Collins.