SuSanA News July 2020   
SuSanA News, July 2020
Dear friends of SuSanA,

Here are the latest updates on recent and upcoming events, and activities within the SuSanA network for you.

A new SuSanA Forum survey is now online. We would like to know how you use the Forum and what you think about the current Forum moderation. We hope that you will take part in the survey as your feedback helps us collect insights on different regions in order to improve the Forum as a global collective platform.

We will soon host the 30th SuSanA meeting - the first virtual meeting! Book your calendars for the opening plenary on August 17th and check out the thematic sessions between 18th to 28th. They cover a broad range of topics from the Working Groups, Regional Chapters and the Discussion Forum. Please do contact us ( if you would like to present or support the organisation of a session.

Enjoy exploring and have a great week!
The SuSanA Secretariat
30th SuSanA Meeting
Registrations are open!
Even though the ususal face-to-face event will not be possible this year, SuSanA is going to offer a virtual space for meetings and exchange. The 30th SuSanA meeting(s) will take place from 17th to 28th of August, with a prominent opening plenary on the 17th, and many interesting thematic sessions spread throughout the two weeks. Feel free to contact us ( in case you would like to present and discuss your work.
SuSanA Forum user survey
We want to hear from you
We are curious: How do you use the Forum and what do you think about the current Forum moderation? Please give us your opinions in our short survey - it takes about 7 minutes to complete.

We want to continuously improve how the discussion Forum operates and will post the survey results on the Forum in the end of August. Your responses will be kept anonymous and confidential.Thank you for your participation!
New SuSanA Forum Moderators
Welcome to the Team!
We welcome our newest Forum moderators Eva Mary from India and Chaiwe Mushauko-Sanderse from Zambia, who started in April and June respectively, and will support Elisabeth (Head moderator) and Paresh (Co-moderator) in the Forum. Welcome to the SuSanA team!
Also, we say thank you and appreciate the efforts of Charlotte Mong’ina Maua for greatly supporting the Forum with her co-moderation from February to June.

Eager to know more about Eva and Chaiwe? Read their introductions below.
New SuSanA dicussion paper on WASH & Health
Feedback and comments welcome
We are very excited to announce the draft version of the dicussion paper on WASH & Health "Prevention is the Best Medicine - WASH in Times of COVID-19". Before finalising Version 1.0, we eagerly await your feedback and comments by 10th of August 2020 in the Forum:
- Do you find this discussion paper useful?
- What do you think about the suggested entry points and actions for the working groups and do you see additional potential?
- Are important aspects at the WASH-Health interface missing?
SuSanA Latinoamérica: Prevention actions against COVID-19
Practical actions to ensure basic services
The SuSanA Latin America chapter organised its 4th webinar "Prevention actions against Covid19" on June 4th with over 180 participants. The guiding question was what good practices can be applied to protect the operational staff during basic service provision? Practical examples were shared on successful measures in working with communities and institutions to protect ourselves and ensure that basic services remain sustainable.
Sewage testing for COVID-19 warnings
Thematic discussion and webinar SuSanA India Chapter
Traces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been detected in sewage. However, there is no evidence that the virus transmitted through sewage is infectious. Nevertheless, tracking sewage for traces of the virus can be one of the proxy methods to identify where the infection is prevalent, especially in densely populated urban residential areas where individual testing and social distancing is difficult.

The moderated thematic discussion was divided into three parts:
1. Technical protocol (sampling, transportation and testing)
2. Challenges of city and state governments in conducting and communicating the results of testing and the safety of sanitation workers (webinar)
3. Process and tools for communication with the public using the evidence generated
WinS - WASH in Schools
Mini-International Learning Exchange (ILE): Safe Reopening Of Schools
The COVID-19 situation has impacted many sectors, including the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as well as the education sector. At the date of the ILE, it was estimated that, globally, 1.12 billion school children are staying home with a high number of children not continuing their education online. As the COVID-19 outbreak has been addressed and controlled in some countries, a gradual reopening of workplaces, public places and schools have been announced in these countries.
During the Mini-ILE existing good practices, available information and materials on the process of a safe reopening of schools were shared and experiences, plans and challenges were discussed.
Faecal Sludge Management Conference (FSM6)
Save the date & submit your abstract
The FSM Alliance has announced the 6th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (FSM6) with a new and improved conference format to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 31st May to 4th June 2021. Save the dates in your diaries and circulate the news with your contacts! The call for abstracts is open for almost two more weeks until 7 Aug 2020.

The track themes for FSM6 are:
1: Gender, Equality, and Inclusive Sanitation Service Level
2: Service Delivery for Low-Income Communities
3: Role FSM Actors in Sanitation
4: Poster Track-Applied Research
New in the Library
SuSanA welcomes new partners!
New in Forum
Upcoming sanitation events, trainings and webinars
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