2021 Water & Health Conference: Research, Policy and Practice

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Conference agenda

The 2021 UNC Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Practice will be held October 4 – 8, 2021. The Conference will explore drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both developing and developed countries with a public health emphasis. View the Conference agenda.

What is the Water and Health Conference?

Since its founding in 2009, the goal of the Water Institute at UNC has been to inform the way the world works on water, sanitation and hygiene issues by generating the evidence that drives improvements in both practice and policy. Through this period, the Water Institute has remained steadfast in its commitment to improving public health by achieving universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services that are safe, affordable and sustainable – particularly for the most marginalized. The annual UNC Water and Health Conference is intended to advance these goals by creating a space where policymakers, practitioners and researchers can gather to review the evidence, interrogate the science and improve old and develop new approaches to expanding WaSH access.

The 2021 Conference will continue to explore the latest learnings around WaSH. While the conference will be virtual, we are keeping many of the core elements you’ve come to expect such as plenaries, side events, verbal presentations and poster presentations. (View all verbal abstracts and poster abstracts.) As in the past, the plenaries will be an opportunity to explore critical themes emerging in 2020. Side events will be collaborative learning experiences focused on new and emerging practices. Verbal and poster presentations will focus on emerging research.


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Verbal Presentations from Sarah Bick, Ian Ross, Hugh Sharma Waddington

Policy in Pandemics: What role will WASH play in the Biden Administration’s foreign assistance policy?

Building linkages between rural water and democracy, human rights and governance to help reach SDG 6

Responsibility, Accountability and Resourcing: Citywide Inclusive Sanitation as a Public Service

Achieving Hand Hygiene for All: Evidence and Capacity Priorities for Global Progress

Implementation Research for the WASH Sector: How to Increase Impacts at Scale and Across Contexts

Menstrual Health at Scale: The Public sector’s role in ensuring choice, access, and social support

The Challenges of Developing and Implementing Sanitation Policy: Let’s build capacity to accelerate progress

Strengthening water service delivery in villages and small towns through decentralized water governance

Partnering for Sustainable WASH: Reflections from Local and National Government Leaders

Getting Our Sh*t Together

Ground Water Potential Evaluation Based On Integrated GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques, In Bilate River Catchment: South Rift Valley of Ethiopia

COVID-19: Recommendations for Prevention and Response

HWTS Network: International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage

Evaluating household water treatment performance and scaling up safe drinking water solutions in Ethiopia

Cholera toolkit

WaSH Policy Research Digest

Carbon credits and HWTS: A viable green funding mechanism

How to Write Papers

AAD Sisco Memorial Forum Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water and Diplomacy

Exploring Affordability in the WaSH Sector: WaSH Policy Research Digest

The Challenges of Measuring Affordability of WaSH: WaSH Policy Research Digest

Environment, Peace, and Conflict: Opportunities and Risks for the New Administration

Vital for life: Systems Thinking Plus Climate Change Adaptation Equals Improved Water Security

Ensuring India’s Water Security

2020 W&H Conference: WASH and Outbreak Response

2020 W&H Conference: Climate Change

2020 W&H Conference: Responding to WaSH-Related Disease

2020 W&H Conference: Rural Water Supply Sustainability

2020 W&H Conference: Improving Hygienic Environments for Children

2020 W&H Conference: Menstrual Hygiene Management

2020 W&H Conference: Coordination/Collective Action

2020 W&H Conference: Sanitation Market Systems - Missing Links

2020 W&H Conference: Culture & Diversity, Session 1

2020 W&H Conference: Sanitation: New Pathways to Action and Scale

2020 W&H Conference: Careers in WaSH: A Virtual Networking Event for Young Professionals

2020 W&H Conference: COVID, Congress and US Foreign Assistance: What Went Down and Still Needs to be Done

2020 W&H Conference: Monitoring and Evaluation

2020 W&H Conference: Water Session

2020 W&H Conference: Culture and Diversity Session, Session 2

2020 W&H Conference: USAID WASH Projects and COVID-19 Lessons Learned

View all October 4, 2021 sessions in the Knowledge Hub.