[Photos] Start of SODIS X usability study

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[Photos] Start of SODIS X usability study

Dates: Jan 21-23, 2015
Location: Sangkhlaburi

The SODIS X usability study has begun! Up to this point, we have extensively studied the disinfection efficacy and material integrity of SODIS X, ensuring that the device can effectively inactivate pathogens in water to make it safe for drinking and that the materials of the device also stay functioning and safe for at least a few months of usages. Over 30 of the households, who had participated in our community health campaign and learned about drinking-water safety and available treatment methods, have signed up to use SODIS X for treating drinking water for their families and to also help provide us feedback on the usability of the devices. We went to visit the families 2 weeks after they started using the devices, to get initial feedback and give advice on proper usage. The feedback thus fas has been positive and encouraging! Meanwhile, our team have started a second round of disinfection efficacy and material integrity studies at Pattanarak.

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[Photos] An evening of community health campaign

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[Photos] An evening of community health campaign

Dates: Nov 18-20, 2014
Location: Sangkhlaburi

The community health campaign had begun! Here's a look at the activities in one evening, when Taweeke and Sittha visited a few households in Fung Na communities. (Many of the campaign visits had to be done in the evening after the locals had returned from work). During this visit, we talked about drinking-water safety, hygiene, and basic water treatment methods.

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[Photos] New SODIS X! design & gearing up for community health campaign

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[Photos] New SODIS X! design & gearing up for community health campaign

Dates: Oct 2-10, 2014
Location: MTEC & Sangkhlaburi

We continued to improve the design of SODIS X!, endeavoring to overcome the glitches that we had encountered during the 12-week period of using the previous version in actual usage conditions. We developed a new design that was more robust, easier to use, and more aesthetic.

We were also preparing additional materials for the community health campaign. Educational graphics were developed. Posters for various campaign settings had been designed and produced.

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[Video] Workshop for community health campaign

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[Video] Workshop for community health campaign

Dates: Sep 26-29, 2014
Location: Pattanarak Training Center, Sangkhlaburi

Here's another look at the workshop for community health campaign. 

Over 20 people attended the workshop, including health volunteers from the target communities, representatives of the communities' saving groups, staff members of Border Health Initiative (another NGO that works to promote health improvement on both sides of the borders in the target areas), and staff members of Pattanarak. The participants were grouped by their most fluent language (Thai, Karen, Mon, Burmese or English), with one member of each group facilitating the discussion and translating to the other groups. The participants learned and discussed topics related to drinking-water safety and hygiene over the course of two days. Now the participants are equipped with the knowledge and materials to educate other people in their target communities.

(For high-definition fun, watch the video directly on vimeo.com.)

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[Photos] Workshop for community health campaign

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[Photos] Workshop for community health campaign

Dates: Sep 23-26, 2014
Location: Sangkhlaburi

Take two! The workshop of trainers for the community health campaign was initially scheduled for the beginning of September, but it had to be postponed due to an outbreak of Pinkeye in the target areas.

Three weeks later, the workshop finally took place. Over 20 people attended the workshop, including health volunteers from the target communities, representatives of the communities' saving groups, staff members of Border Health Initiative (another NGO that works to promote health improvement on both sides of the borders in the target areas), and staff members of Pattanarak. The participants were grouped by their most fluent language (Thai, Karen, Mon, Burmese or English), with one member of each group facilitating the discussion and translating to the other groups. The participants learned and discussed topics related to drinking-water safety and hygiene over the course of two days. Now the participants are equipped with the knowledge and materials to educate other people in their target communities.

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[Photos] Revisiting the communities in the midst of the rainy season

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[Photos] Revisiting the communities in the midst of the rainy season

Dates: Jul 30 - Aug 2, 2014
Location: Sangkhlaburi

Matthias came to Thailand and got to meet and work with the rest of the team in person. We went to revisit the communities in the midst of the rainy season. The material and disinfection studies was nearly coming to the end of the 3-month period.

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[Photos] Baseline community survey

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[Photos] Baseline community survey

Dates: Jul 7-9, 2014
Location: Sangkhlaburi

Our team was in the middle of conducting a baseline survey with the communities in Nonglu subdistrict. The survey took about one month to complete. In total, we interviewed 386 households in 22 communities. The interviewees were all very gracious and welcoming to our team! Meanwhile, the material and disinfection studies continued in spite of the rain.

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[Photos] Stakeholder meeting, focus group, and more!

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[Photos] Stakeholder meeting, focus group, and more!

Dates: Jun 9-13, 2014
Location: Sangkhlaburi

The disinfection and material studies were proceeding as planned. We also went to visit Fung Na, Ban Mai, and Mong Sa Tur communities again, to see their water situations during the early period of the rainy season. Moreover, we invited stakeholders from the communities, including community leaders, health volunteers, saving-group representatives, and health officials from local hospitals, to meet with us. Many of them were able to come, and we presented to them the concepts of the UpWater project and conducted a focus group to refine the questionnaires that will later be used to survey the people in the communities.

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[Photos] Setting up the experiments

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[Photos] Setting up the experiments

Dates: May 19-21, 2014
Location: Pattanarak Training Center, Sangkhlaburi

Our team from MTEC went to Pattanarak Training Center to help the local staff start getting ready for the experiments that are parts of the disinfection and material studies.

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[Photos] First site visit!

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[Photos] First site visit!

Dates: January 28-30, 2014
Location: Sangkhlaburi

Our team members from MTEC and SGS took a 7-hour ride to Sangklaburi to meet with the staff of Pattanarak and to visit potential implementation sites for the project. We visited and talked to the local people in Fung Na, Ban Mai, Mong Sa Tur, and Song Ka Lia communities, as well as the dayworkers at the Three Pagoda Pass border crossing point. What we learned from the trip -- and we learned a lot! -- helped us refine the work plan to fit the local context better.

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