Events

SEMINAR INVITATION, JUNE

We would like to invite you all to a seminar at Mzuzu University hosted by the Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation (WatSan). An appraisal of public water supply and coverage in Mzuzu City, Northern Malawi by  Mr Elijah Wanda from Chemistry Department.
Date: Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Venue: Mzuzu SMART Centre.

UNICEF VISITATION APRIL

Mzuzu Smart Centre had the honor of hosting the UNICEF Executive Board on 11th April. The delegation toured the Smart Centre Water and Sanitation demonstration grounds and met the Mzuzu University Vice Chancellor.

EXAMINATION OF PERI-URBAN WATER QUALITY APRIL

We would like to invite you to a seminar at Mzuzu University hosted by the Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation
An Examination of Peri-Urban Water Quality in Mzuzu, Northern Malawi
by Dr. Rochelle Holm
Date:   Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Time:   2:00-3:00 pm
Venue: Mzuzu University, TCRET

Throughout Malawi, governmental, non-governmental, religious and civic organizations are targeting the human need for water.  Diarrheal diseases, often associated with unsafe drinking water, are a leading cause of mortality in children under five in Malawi, with over 6,000 children dying per year (World Health Organization, 2010).  A lack of risk communication in Southern Africa may be a factor leading to high rates of diarrheal disease from waterborne contamination.  From January to March 2012, a field study was undertaken in Malawi to study water quality and develop a public health risk communication strategy.  The region studied, Area 1B, represents a comparatively new peri-urban area on the edge of Mzuzu city.  Groundwater samples were collected from 30 shallow dug well sites and analyzed for nitrate, total coliform, Escherichia coli, total hardness, total alkalinity and pH.  Total coliform and E. coli were also analyzed in 30 drinking water samples collected from a storage container located in households using the monitored well waters.  In addition to water quality analyses, a structured household questionnaire was administered by interpreters to adult residents of 51 households, encompassing 284 individuals, who were using the monitored wells.  The questionnaire included sections addressing water sources, sanitation, health, consumption patterns, and socioeconomics.  A risk communication program utilized the water quality data and human dimension questionnaire results to develop a household risk presentation.  Results showed 67% of groundwater and 50% of household drinking water samples would be considered of unacceptable quality based on World Health Organization (WHO) standards for E. coli contamination.  Low levels of nitrate were found in groundwater, but only one well exceeded WHO standards.  The resident-reported high diarrheal rate among children under the age of five was not associated with sources of drinking water and/or presence or absence of treatment methods.  E. coli contamination in drinking water could be the result of a combination of storing drinking water, contamination arising from poor sanitation practices, and local risk perceptions.

TULIP WATER FILTER PRESENTATION MARCH 

Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation and SMART Centre seminar
We would like to invite you all to a seminar which will take place at Mzuzu University on how to use Tulip Water Filters. Tulip Water Filters are a great alternative to drinking bottled water and ensure your family is drinking safe water.

Date : 19/03/2013

Venue: Outside front of house 35

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM

HAPPY WORLD TOILET DAY NOVEMBER 19TH

Happy world toilet day People. It was world toilet day on 19th November. What do you think we can do in Malawi in memory of the world toilet day??? please put up your comments.

WORKSHOP INVITATION

we are pleased to invite you to a Rural Sanitation Marketing workshop which is to take place on 7-9 November , 2012 at Mzuzu University.

The workshop is targeted to district government and non-­‐government organisations that are developing and implementing rural sanitation marketing programs. This practical, hands-­‐on workshop is an extension of the workshop held in July 2012 and will also apply the human-­‐centred design (HCD) approach.

The HCD approach will be applied to identify how to ‘deliver’ rural sanitation programs through an integrated marketing strategy (Price, Product, Promotion and Place). The previous workshop focused on ‘hearing’ and ‘creating’. This workshop will look at the ‘delivery’ of solutions.

Participants will develop costing models, capability assessments and implementation plans for their existing or future rural sanitation marketing
programs. Participants will be expected to bring with them evidence of their formative market research and previous sanitation marketing programs.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
• Gain practical skills in the design and construction of low-­‐cost, locally available sanitation technologies for clay and sandy soil environments
• Prepare sustainable revenue models for a rural sanitation marketing program
• Create implementation plans for conducting mini-­‐pilots in sanitation marketing programs in your district and program areas
• Develop a learning plan and evaluation indicators to iterate your pilots and
programs
• Establish a network for sharing between practitioners and policy-­‐makers

WEDNESDAY, DAY 1: MORNING SESSION – DELIVERING ON PRODUCT & PRICE

Work in small teams (supported by SMART Centre expert builders) to learn practical skills in the construction of innovative sanitation solutions developed using HCD approaches in sandy and clay soils. The solutions include corbelling, sand-­‐bags with nkhokwe and trapezium bricks.

DAY 1: AFTERNOON SESSION – DELIVERING ON PLACE

Work in small teams (supported by local business people and area service mechanics) to develop a sustainable revenue model for a sanitation solution. This session will include the identification of customer benefits, revenue sources, identifying suitable stakeholders and the motivations/challenges for people to offer the solution.

THURSDAY, DAY 2: MORNING SESSION –  DELIVERING ON PROMOTION

Be inspired from presentations from leading social marketing companies and
NGOs that have proven experience in developing marketing campaigns. Work in small teams to identify a target audience, key messages and branding for a
sanitation solution. The outcomes of each team’s work will feed into the promotional campaign for the ODF Taskforce’s rural sanitation marketing
strategy.

DAY 2: AFTERNOON SESSION – INTEGRATION OF CLTS AND SANITATION MARKETING

Hear first-­‐hand experiences of the implementation of CLTS programs from leading district government and NGO implementers. Work in small teams to develop mini-­‐pilots for the integration of sanitation marketing into existing CLTS programs.

FRIDAY, DAY 3: MORNING SESSION – DELIVERING ON POLICY

Listen from leading government and NGO thinkers on their role to support the growth of the rural sanitation market. Engage in a group discussion on how government and NGOs can support (and not reduce) the growth of the rural market for sanitation.

FRIDAY, DAY 3: AFTERNOON SESSION – DELIVERING ON PARTNERSHIPS

Learn about the SMART Centre’s innovative, web-­‐based approach to link rural
sanitation marketing practitioners and policy-­‐makers across Malawi. Work in small teams to identify learning indicators and monitoring tools. Discuss the logistics and funding for an Annual Rural Sanitation Marketing workshop.
VENUE Mzuzu University Campus
DATES 7 -­‐ 9th November, 2012.
Commencing at 8.30a.m.
Closing date for submission of enrollments 3rd November, 2012.
ATTENDANCE FEES MK55,000.00 which includes lunch and refreshments.
ENROLLMENT To enrol for the workshop please contact Chrissy Zimba, SMART Centre, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
email: chrissyzimba@gmail.com
phone: 0999 719 101

The Sponsors of the workshop are:- UNICEF and WASTE Netherlands.

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