Bringing the partners together

The second hands4health face-to-face workshop took place on May 23-24, 2022, at the FHNW in Muttenz, Basel. With a total of 21 participants, the two-day meeting enabled the partners to update each other and to engage in bilateral talks.

hands4health project partners at the second in-person workshop.

Day 1 focused on group discussions and updates from the project partners. After welcoming words from Nathalie Wyser (SDC), Maryna Peter (FHNW) provided a general overview of the project and lessons learned so far. After that, the partners presented their updates:

  • Swiss TPH presented the updates on the research methodology and focus group discussions.
  • Skat Foundation explained the progress on the Theory of Change (ToC)/Theory of Action (ToA) process. An overview of the results of the studies on existing WASH tools/approaches in schools and HCFs was also given.
  • Cesvi, PPU and Tdh presented the status of activities/fieldwork in the project countries.
  • FHNW dove deeper into the Systematic Approach, exploring the ‘What? > Who? > Why? > How? > Do! > Does it work?’ cycle for addressing a problem.
  • RANAS presented the status of the RanasExpert and Ranas EASY toolkit.
  • EPFL-LTQE provided an overview of the experimental results on disinfectant stability.   
General overview of the hands4health project.
Project partner updates.

Day 2 provided space for bilateral meetings in the morning, and a field visit in the afternoon. The partners visited a water treatment plant in Lange Erlen, Basel. The plant is run by IWB, the company for energy, water, mobility and telecoms that supplies customers in the Basel region and beyond. During the guided tour, the partners learned about how the city treats the water from the Rhein River through sand filtration and percolation in the forest soil.

Tour to IWB’s water treatment plant in Lange Erlen, Basel.