To prevent health risks to consumers, the World Health Organization has recommended Water Safety Plans (a holistic risk assessment and management approach) for all drinking water suppliers since 2004. A multidisciplinary team reviewed the status of capacity building and training approaches. Despite rapid adoption, they found that capacity has not kept pace with implementation needs. Many countries and regions still lack case examples, a legal framework, and training resources. To aid effective scale-up, the review proposes training approaches structured around educational theory, as well as robust monitoring methods and auditing programs.
Call for Abstracts: UNC Water & Health 2019February 12, 2019
Submissions for abstracts and proposals are being accepted through March 29. Learn more…
The 2019 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, organized by the Water Institute at UNC explores drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis.
WaSH Financing and Markets
Climate Variability and Water Security
Evidence Based WaSH
WaSH and Environmental Health
The Digest, published quarterly, summarizes recently published policy-relevant research, highlighting implications for WaSH policy, and synthesizes available literature, highlighting policy relevant implications and providing guidance to additional resources on the topic. This issue and the subsequent webinar addresses the impacts that seasonality has on rural water supply. Learn more…
Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights the Regional Core Health Indicators by PAHO/WHO, the status of environmental health in health care facilities, WaSH Policy Research Digest #10 webinar and other events, and a new publication by Water Institute researchers. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.
This year’s keynote speakers include Lance Price (Professor at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health), Krista Wigginton (Assistant Professor at University of Michigan), and Elisenda Balleste (Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Barcelona).
Immediately preceding this year’s conference is a full-day workshop titled Antimicrobial Resistance in a One Health World, featuring keynote speakers Antoine Andremont (Emeritus Professor at the Paris Diderot University Medical School) and Laura Marin (Head of the Secretariat of JPIAMR). Learn more…
A six-year grant by World Vision to The Water Institute will create a partnership to improve water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in several low- and middle-income countries, with a long-term goal of helping to solve the global water and sanitation crisis by 2030.
Written as part of a situational assessment process in support of the ‘Testing CLTS Approaches for Scalability’ grant, this 2012 report details findings from a review of literature focused on Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and the role of local actors. Contained within the report are a series of conclusions about CLTS, in addition to identifying knowledge gaps common to both sets of literature, drawn out by comparing the various stages of CLTS implementation in a more systematic and rigorous manner than the existing body of evidence.
Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights the new chair of the SWA Partnership, World Toilet Day, our new director of knowledge management and communications, and a new WaSH handbook edited by Water Institute researchers. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.
A new video from Plan International and the Water Institute at UNC offers a preview of five exciting lessons on sanitation policy and practice, based on findings from operational research on community-led total sanitation (CLTS). These lessons relate to CLTS planning at the national and local levels, its place in national sanitation systems, and the importance of involving local actors. In particular, government officials, teachers, and natural leaders can play important roles in improving access to basic sanitation, and their involvement can ensure sustainable outcomes over time.
A new handbook on global water and health edited by Water Institute Director Jamie Bartram and public health graduate student Rachel Baum on is now available. Written by a team of expert authors from around the world for interdisciplinary teaching for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, “Routledge Handbook of Water and Health” covers both developing and developed country concerns. Sections include hazards, exposure, interventions, intervention implementation, distal influences, policies and implementation, investigative tools, and historic cases.
Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights an innovative waste management scheme in Senegal, keynotes and sponsors for our upcoming Water and Health conference, and the outcomes of our CLTS presentation at World Water Week. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.
A study led by The Water Institute at UNC was just named one of the Best of UNICEF Research studies for 2015, based on research that excels at generating knowledge to inform action, shaping policy agendas, and shifting discourse to improve the lives of children everywhere. Only twelve studies were selected by UNICEF for this recognition. “Fecal contamination of drinking-water in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis” was selected as a top example of quality research and evidence gathering on children.
Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights the UN’s Millennium Development Goals report, a late-breaking call for abstracts for our upcoming Water and Health Conference, new publications and new faces at the Water Institute. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.
Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights the EPA’s recent study of fracking’s effects on drinking water, registration and scholarship recipients for our upcoming Water and Health Conference, new publications and new faces at the Water Institute. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.
The Water Institute at UNC hosted the Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy on October 26-30, 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. The Conference considered drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. For details, please visit the Water and Health Conference website.
Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights the call to recognize the human right to water and sanitation, decreases in U.S. public spending on water infrastructure, our upcoming Water and Health Conference, new publications and new faces at the Water Institute. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.
On May 8, we recorded a special webcast to launch our WASH Performance Index, a ranking of how well countries are progressing towards universal access to safe water and sanitation. Special guest speakers included Catarina de Albuquerque, vice chair of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA). To view the recorded webcast online, please visit http://bit.ly/1D5TAPG.
The Water Institute at UNC, in partnership with the Water Environment Federation, hosted the Water Microbiology Conference on May 18-22, 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. The Conference was a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health. You can access the conference agenda, abstract document, and the participant list at the conference website.
Our newsletter offers up-to-date information about The Water Institute at UNC as well as relevant news briefs from around the globe. The latest issue highlights the California drought, the threat of insecticides to aquatic ecosystems, our upcoming Water Microbiology and Water and Health Conferences, new publications and the launch of our WASH Performance Index. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.
From March through May, the Aveda Institute of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA is partnering with The Water Institute at UNC to raise awareness of the plight of millions of people worldwide who fight daily for the basic human right to safe water. The Aveda Institute Chapel Hill is inspiring its network to learn more about the global water challenge and to give to the Water Institute at UNC.
Call to Action on WaSH in Health FacilitiesMarch 19, 2015
Tens of thousands of health facilities worldwide are in need of water, sanitation, and hygiene services to improve maternal and child health, infection control, and health systems. A new editorial in the Bulletin of the WHO led by The Water Institute at UNC calls for health sector leadership in setting standards, tracking service delivery, investing in human resources, and coordinating WaSH, health and development.
Our Director’s MessageMarch 11, 2015
On World Plumbing Day, March 11, 2015, our director Dr. Jamie Bartram (pictured at right) gave the annual lecture for England’s Worshipful Company of Plumbers. In his lecture entitled “Plumbing for Health,” Dr. Bartram discussed how plumbing has brought health and convenience to many, while many others have yet to receive its benefits. Decent water and sanitation are pivotal in furthering human development.
Global Diarrhea ReportMarch 1, 2015
The World Health Organization released a report on the global burden of diarrhea showing the number of deaths of children under five years old decreased from 1.5 million in 1990 to 622,000 in 2012. Achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene is an essential first step to further progress. The findings are based, in part, on research undertaken by the WHO, The Water Institute at UNC, and 13 other institutions.
Water and Health 2014December 15, 2014
Our 2014 Water and Health Conference was a great success! 530 participants from 31 countries came together October 13-17 to consider drinking water supply, sanitation, and hygiene, and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds. Archives and products from this year’s conference, including videos, are available at http://whconference.unc.edu.
Human Rights DayDecember 10, 2014
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950 to bring attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. Researchers at The Water Institute at UNC have published on this topic in many journals. See our work on the human right to water and sanitation here.
One of our affiliated students Edema Ojomo was recently interviewed about her water research on three continents and her motivations for working in this field. Raised in Nigeria, Edema is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC. In this interview, which was featured on the UNC homepage, she shares some of her insights.
The Future Technologies for Water Competition, sponsored by the Takata Corporation, sought to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water with wide-scale applicability. We received over 70 entries from 27 countries. This year’s winner, Team Espresso (pictured left), received $15,000 at The Water Institute’s annual Water and Health Conference. The runner-up, Team Planktos, was awarded $5,000.
The Water Institute is collaborating with the International WaterCentre, Monash University, University of the South Pacific and Live and Learn on a new project funded by the Australian Government to inform the development of sustainable, demand-driven water and sanitation services. The project was recently featured in an article entitled “Clean Business” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Water Institute is offering a distance learning course on Water Safety Planning, the process of identifying and addressing threats to the acceptability and safety of water supplies. The course is designed for those with management, engineering or operational responsibilities in the water supply industry. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Water Institute and the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina (UNC) hosted senior government officials from six African countries to discuss government decision-making related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). The meeting was financially supported by UNC, the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of the Netherlands, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. You can read a summary in both English and French.