June 2018 Update

  JUNE 2018 EDITION  

 WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW   

1. ANALYTIC MEETING IN EVANSTON

In early June, the study team at Northwestern University had the pleasure of hosting several HWISE collaborators. Dr. Bolanle Balogun (Lagos, Nigeria), Dr. Sabrina Rasheed (Chakaria & Dhaka, Bangladesh), Vicky Santoso (Singida, Tanzania), Patrick Mbullo (Seme, Kenya), and Zeina Jamaluddine (Beirut, Lebanon) provided insights into how different survey questions performed at each of their respective study sites. Based on their feedback, as well as exploratory analyses performed by Dr. Godfred Boateng and Zeina, the team wrestled with identifying the domains of water insecurity that our data capture. Guided by Drs. Ed Frongillo and Tor Neilands, we also made decisions about next analytic steps, following best practices we recently published in Frontiers. Notes from the conference can be accessed here.

Since then, we have started to dig further into the data, with promising results. By the end of August, we hope to share final scale questions with the HWISE Consortium.


2. REPRESENTING AT CONFERENCES

Numerous HWISE collaborators were present at this year’s annual American Society for Nutrition conference in Boston, MA. Excitingly, undergraduate students from Northwestern University presented about intra-household differences in perceived water insecurity and collaborator Vicky Santoso gave an oral presentation about her work in Singida, Tanzania.

Several HWISE colleagues were also in attendance at the 2018 Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy Conference in Accra, Ghana; ANH is part of the IMMANA programme that funds the HWISE study. Dr. Young gave an oral presentation to a room filled with hundreds of attendees about the HWISE project (poster here) and its implications; the presentation won first place for “Most Engaging Presentation”.


3. WASAG

Northwestern University recently became a partner of the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG), an FAO platform that promotes collaboration between water security researchers. Working with other partners in WASAG, we hope to broaden the impact of HWISE and find individuals who will use the scale in their studies or large-scale surveys.

 UPCOMING MEETINGS   

ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGISTS

This year’s annual ASA Conference will be hosted in Oxford, England from September 18-21. Currently, there is a call for abstracts for a relevant panel, “Water futures: making a living in times of uncertainity.” Please consider submitting an abstract here.  

UNC WATER & HEALTH

This year’s Water and Health conference will be hosted at UNC from October 29-November 2. Justin Stoler, Sera Young, et al. plan to present abstracts related to on-going HWISE endeavors. If you plan to attend, please let us know! 

 SITE UPDATES   

  • Many thanks to Dr. Cassandra Workman and her study team for completing data collection and entry in Morogoro, Tanzania
  • Data collection is ongoing in Upolu, Samoa; Chakaria & Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Pune, India
  • In total, we have cleaned data for 7,427 participants across 27 sites

 

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