Prolongation of KWR designation as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Water Quality & Health

The WHO has again designated KWR as a Collaborating Centre on Water Quality and Health. Over the next four years, KWR will work with WHO on, among other things, the assessment of various types of kits for testing water quality, training national institutes in the domain of water quality monitoring, and disseminating WHO guidelines to the water and sanitation sector through international and regional forums and channels. In addition, as a Collaborating Centre, KWR will provide technical input about drinking water quality for the revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality and for the development of WHO guidelines relating to the environmental aspects of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and antibiotic resistance, sewage surveillance for SARS-COV-2 and water reuse.

KWR has been designated a Collaborating Centre (CC) on Water Quality and Health by the World Health Organization since 2013. CCs are institutions that help WHO to execute its work and meet its goals in long-term alliances. Through these alliances, WHO obtains access to the world’s leading institutions and the institutional capacity it needs. Worldwide, thirteen CCs in the field of water and sanitation collect data for WHO reports, organise meetings or develop guidelines. WHO works with research institutes such as KWR because it often needs specialist advice. On the basis of over forty years of research in water quality and health, KWR has a great deal of expertise.