OpenWASH training for Ethiopia and elsewhere (by The Open University, World Vision and UNICEF) - and repository for training materials


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OpenWASH training for Ethiopia and elsewhere (by The Open University, World Vision and UNICEF) - and repository for training materials

I saw this on the discussion group HIFA Dgroups and had never heard about it before.
Does any of you know about these training resources or about the Open University? Is it good and useful?

What do you think about the sentence that I highlighted in bold below? We tried to do something similar on the SuSanA website but it hasn't been easy. See here:

(we had grouped it by year and had nothing added since 2012 until very recently)


For those involved in training for WASH, you might be interested in the OpenWASH training content that has recently been developed - primarily for use in Ethiopia, but can be re-used/adapted for use elsewhere (it's under a creative commons license):

Brief overview (from the link above):
"OpenWASH is a set of innovative learning resources launched in 2016 by The Open University in partnership with World Vision Ethiopia and UNICEF through the ONEWASH PLUS programme, funded by UK aid from the UK Government. OpenWASH supports the Government of Ethiopia’s One WASH National Programme which aims to radically improve the provision of safe water and sanitation and bring significant benefits to millions of people.

The five OpenWASH modules focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in urban areas. They are designed primarily for students who are training to work in the sector but can also be used for in-service training of new employees and by more experienced practitioners seeking to improve their knowledge and skills on specific topics.

The modules can be used separately or in combination. They can be studied by any individual on their own but are also accompanied by a Trainers’ Handbook that provides guidance on how the modules can be used in a variety of teaching contexts."

Also, mPowering's ORB platform ( is soon to be launching a specific domain for WASH training content. If anyone has WASH training content that would be suitable for inclusion (guidelines/criteria: then please let me know.


HIFA profile: Alex Little is Director of Digital Campus, UK. Professional interests: Iobhhe learning, primary healthcare/maternal care. alex AT

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