Reflections from Malawi’s National Water Conference
Tracy Morse and Save Kumwenda hosting an exhibition stand at the National Water Conference
In March, Tracy Morse (Malawi National Coordinator) and Save Kondwani (Research Fellow) attended the National Water Conference in Malawi. Here, Tracy Morse provides an overview of the event.
In Malawi, our SHARE Research Fellow (Save Kumwenda) and I were delighted to provide updates and highlight the work of SHARE with the Deputy Ministry for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, at the National Water Conference held from 20th – 22nd March 2017. Save also had the opportunity to meet the President of Malawi, His Excellency Dr A Peter Mutharika as he toured the event on World Water Day.
Attended by a range of government, non-governmental and Higher Education Institutions, the conference focussed on wastewater reuse for sustainable development. Delegates discussed many of the challenges currently facing Malawi in terms of service delivery, effective integrated water resource management, planning for water and sanitation, and the impact of effective hygiene measures on disease reduction. WaterAid hosted a particularly interesting event which showcased the work they have been doing with partners across Malawi on the reduction of trachoma through hygiene promotion.
Save and I hosted an exhibition stand for the Centre of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Appropriate Technology Development (WASHTED) at the conference, and highlighted the work of the Centre including the current research on WASH and complementary food hygiene being undertaken with SHARE II. There was significant interest in the work from national and international organisations.