Lydia Abebe, Ph.D.: Household Water Treatment Technologies: Evaluation, Practice and Policy

Friday, April 14th
Noon, in Thornton Hall D221

Lydia Abebe, Ph.D.
Focus Area Lead and
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies (Scheme) was established in 2013 with the aim to guide WHO Member States and procuring UN Agencies in the selection of technologies. Concurrently, WHO is embarking on efforts to ensure that results are considered and used by procurement and regulatory authorities, and to strengthen the capacity of resource constrained countries to regulate and evaluate household water treatment. This presentation will provide an example of how to adapt the scheme to evaluate technologies in the context of a research laboratory. In addition to the research context, an example of the Scheme capacity building activities in Ethiopia that aim to: strengthen regulation, facilitate assessment of local products and conduct field monitoring and evaluation of HWT will be presented. The presentation will conclude with addressing the following questions: What are the unique challenges of adapting HWTS microbial reduction evaluation in the context of laboratories with different capacities? What are some opportunities for improving the Scheme to promote correct and consistent evaluation of HWT?
About the speaker

Lydia Abebe joined the Water Institute in 2016 as the Health Systems and Healthy Environments Focus Area Lead. She is also a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. As focus area lead, she works at the intersection of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) in health care facilities – with an emphasis on the links between science, policy, and practice, in both developed and developing countries. Her interests include developing and evaluating technologies; health system activities on water and sanitation; antimicrobial resistance surveillance; and monitoring and impact evaluation of interventions. She has worked in Ethiopia, Mali, Switzerland, and South Africa. She contributes to the WaSH in Health Care Facilities Evidence Generation and Monitoring Task Teams co-lead by WHO and UNICEF. She received her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2013 from the University of Virginia.

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