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Water and Health Conference 2015

Where Science Meets Policy
October 26-30, 2015

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Oct 22, 2015

The 2015 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, organized by The Water Institute at UNC, will consider drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis.

WaterAid is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

Key WaterAid Convenings:

Tuesday, October 27

Bringing the SDGs Home: Country level support for national development plans and participatory monitoring mechanisms
This session aims to provide a framework that will ensure that countries are able to contextualise the SDGs, especially Goal 6 on water and sanitation, within poverty reduction strategy plans, as well as to develop a robust monitoring framework that ensures people-centred ownership as well as government accountability.

WaSH's Invisible Women: Expanding the WASH/Gender Agenda
This session will contribute to this longer-term objective by sharing new data, new tools, and new approaches that can be incorporated into existing WASH research and practice as well as lay the ground work for future collaborations and workshops focused on transitioning gender mainstreaming from a concept and a discussion into a reality.

Wednesday, October 28

Menstrual hygiene management training for practitioners: from research into use
The purpose of this training workshop is to develop a cadre that can replicate the training more widely and apply the learning in their own work to further integrate MHM into research, policy and practice; and to strengthen alliances and knowledge networks on MHM globally for improved MHM programming.

Thursday, October 29

WaSH for the future in Latin America and the Caribbean: Achieving the SDGs by reaching the last 20% and sustaining the 80% with access to WaSH
The purpose of this side event is to create a space for a much needed regionally focused dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for achieving the SDGs and universal access across the Latin American and Caribbean Region.


WASH and maternal and newborn health - using the current evidence base to move from joint thinking to joint action
The purpose of this session is to bring together water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and maternal and newborn health (MNH) sector actors from research, policy and implementation backgrounds to consolidate what we know on the impact of WASH on maternal and newborn health and discuss the implications for concrete action that accelerates WASH service provision at home and in healthcare facilities to improve MNH.

Beyond 'business as usual': Changing behaviors to build sector systems that last
This Session will share findings from research conducted by SWA partners in 10 countries including Timor-Leste, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Honduras and Liberia and discuss recommendations for processes and behaviours necessary to improve development effectiveness and deliver WaSH for the future.

You are what you eat: Behavioral approaches to address the neglected WASH area of food hygiene
This learning session will first review the vicious cycle of food borne infection, diarrhea, under nutrition, and growth stunting. We will then explore the causes of foodborne diseases including a review of aflatoxin and discussion of the contribution of environmental enteropathy on child stunting.

Here is a full list of additional events