News and Updates
First WISE-LAC Newsletter is Out
The first Water Insecurity Experiences-Latin America & the Caribbean (WISE-LAC) Network newsletter has been published. Learn more about the mission and values of the network in an article published in the International Journal of Equity in Health and in this blog post. You can subscribe to the newsletter here, or send an email to WISE.LAC@ibero.mx to subscribe.
Stockholm World Water Week Features WISE Data
The WISE Scales were featured in a number of sessions during Stockholm World Water Week World Water Week, including a talk show about a feminist agenda for water, a closed session on inclusivity hosted by the Asian Development Bank, and an session in which the power of WISE scales for policy change was described in case studies from Mexico, Nepal, Kenya, and Australia.
Nature Highlights the WISE Scales
In their series highlighting progress towards SDGs, the journal Nature featured the utility of the WISE Scales as a policy tool, along with some of the ways it is being used by communities around the world to measure water insecurity.
Webinars Explore the Connection Between Mental Health, Food and Water Insecurity, and Climate Change
In July, the WISE Scales were featured in two webinars about the pathways between water security, climate change, and mental health hosted by the University on New South Wales and others. Watch part one and part two, to learn about how climate change and water insecurity go hand in hand, directly impacting mental health.
Government of Nuevo León Signs Commitment to Collaborate with WISE-LAC Network
On July 4, 2023 five members of the Water Insecurity Experiences Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (WISE-LAC) were invited to the Palace of the Governor of Nuevo León to sign a commitment to join the WISE-LAC network and ameliorate water insecurity in their state. The government of Nuevo León demonstrates their role as a thought leader in the measurement and mitigation of water insecurity by adding the HWISE to their routine household surveys of social programs.
INSP Validates the HWISE Scale
Researchers at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health (INSP) led a paper validating the HWISE scale in Mexico, based on data from the large National Health and Nutrition Survey (ENSANUT).
Sera Young Speaks at Foreign Policy Summit
Sera Young spoke at the Foreign Policy Climate Summit about her research on water insecurity. "I would argue that water insecurity has been invisible for a long time because we haven't been measuring it at the level of the human," she said.
Thought Leaders Gather in Mexico City to Discuss Water and Food Insecurity
UN Water Conference Featured WISE Scales
The WISE Scales were featured in several sessions inside UN Headquarters for the UN Water meeting. Watch a video of the “Global to Local Water Security Assessment” session.
WISE Scales Go to Australia
The WISE scales are making an appearance in Australia. Community groups are using the WISE Scales to measure disparities in water insecurity within Australia, and at the Next Water Australia meeting there was great interest in using the scales throughout the country.
Food and Water Insecurity
Study Demonstrates the Link Between Water Insecurity and Food Insecurity
Senator Durbin and Water Insecurity
Water Insecurity is Stressing Mental Health
New Lancet Planetary Health Study Published
UNC Water and Health Meeting
The IWISE-4 is Valid, Reliable, and Cross-Country Equivalent
When survey space is tight, 4 of the 12 IWISE items can be administered to establish the prevalence of water insecurity in just 1 minute. For severity of water insecurity, stick with the 12-item IWISE Scale. The WISE researchers appreciate the Journal of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Development for their commitment to open-access publishing.
WISE Scales Featured at World Water Week
Brazilian Research Network on Food and Nutrition Sovereignty and Security Adds HWISE Scale to Survey
The Brazilian Research Network on Food and Nutrition Sovereignty and Security added the HWISE Scale to their nationally representative survey of food insecurity and COVID. Face-to-face surveys were done with 12,745 households from November 2021–April 2022. Initial results can be found here.
Experiences with Water Insecurity Need Measured in Clinics, Schools, and Prisons
New Research Shows that Food Insecurity and Water Insecurity are Connected
Sera Young Discusses Water Insecurity with Indonesian Delegation
Sera Young met with Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, to discuss the WISE Scales when his delegation visited Northwestern University.