Sessions from the 2020 UNC Water & Health Conference

Side Event – Behavior Change: Designing and Delivering WASH Behavior Change at Scale: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Experiences – This session will explore how to drive sustainable behavior change at scale using the most up-to-date theoretical models presented by researchers and new approaches to evidence synthesis and practical applications.
Convening Organizations: World Vision, RanasMosler, Ranas Ltd., Sesame Workshop, WaterAid, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 

Side Event – WASH and Outbreak Response: Part 1: Results of WASH COVID-19 Responses in 84 Countries. Part 2: From Cholera to COVID-19: How Haiti is Achieving Cholera Elimination. Lessons for a Global Roadmap – Part 1: The first one presents the results of a WASH COVID-19 mapping of responses taken by governments in 84 countries across the world. Part 2: The Haiti experience: 20 months without cholera, on the brink of achieving elimination.
Convening Organization(s): Part 1: UNICEF and SIWI | Part 2: UNICEF, DINEPA, Action Against Hunger, French Red Cross, Tufts University, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP)*, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Marseille (AP-HM)

Special Presentation – COVID, Congress and US Foreign Assistance: What Went Down… and Still Needs to be Done – Three principal U.S. WASH advocacy leaders will discuss WASH programming at USAID, and how foreign aid may fare after the election. 
Convener:   John Sparks, Director of Advocacy, Millennium Water Alliance 

Verbal Presentations on Sanitation – Effectiveness of Sanitation Marketing in Rural Cambodia: A Case-control Study – This study shows that the sanitation marketing approach was effective and also provided useful insights to adapt future programming.Convening Organizations: Bram Riems, Action Against Hunger (ACF) | Health and Environmental Safety of Sanitation Infrastructure in Vulnerable and Disaster-prone Geographies: Learnings from India, Kanika Singh, WaterAid India

Poster Sessions

Dignity, Agency, Power: Exploring the Linkages Between Women’s Economic Empowerment and Workplace Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) In Nepal –- Viewed as a woman’s private issue, little attention is paid to MHM, especially in the workplace. This action research is a first of its kind, focusing specifically on the workplace MHM experience, and attempts to understand the financial and social costs and benefits of proper MH to both the female workforce and the employer.
Convening Organizations: IRIS Group/WASHPaLS

What Are the Drivers of Slippage in ODF Communities? Lessons from Ghana – This study examines the issue of slippage using full-census data in 98 ODF communities.
Convening Organizations: Caroline Delaire, The Aquaya Institute. Additional Authors: Joyce Kisiangani, Jeff Albert, Ranjiv Khush, Rachel Peletz

Exploring the Determinants and Indicators of Poultry Feces Management Behaviors in Rural Western Uganda – This study focuses on the determinants of poultry management practices in the context of rural Uganda.
Convening Organizations: Jeremy Lowe, NC State University – Dept Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. Additional Authors: Chris Prottas, Ayse Ercumen, Angela Harris

Wednesday – October 28

Plenary Session – Addressing Systemic Inequalities in WaSH – It’s Me; Not You – This plenary will be an effort at sector-wide self-reflection. An examination of how our work on WaSH may be contributing to or exacerbating systemic inequalities in the very populations we hope to support.

Special Session – Sanitation: New Pathways to Action and Scale – Convened by The Water Institute, University of Leeds, UNICEF, WHO, AMCOW, and USAID – This special session will give us a chance to take an overview of these recent additions to the sanitation literature, and to discuss what drives progress and scale in sanitation.

Special Interest Meeting – Leveraging the Small Water Enterprises as Water Knowledge Resource Centre  – WKRC’s are set up under project SEWAH – ‘Sustainable Enterprises for Water and Health’ an alliance between Safe Water Network and USAID that supports local urban bodies to bring affordable safe drinking water to low income communities.

Special Interest Meeting – USAID WASH Projects and COVID-19: Lessons Learned in Applying the Science and Effective Communication for Service Delivery – In this webinar we briefly review the guidance and discuss what it means in the field for practitioners and USAID projects.

All Poster Presentations on October 28, 2020 – Selected posters include:

 USAID Sponsored Studies

Other Posters

Thursday – October 29


Improving Hygienic Environments for Children: What the Cluck? Improving Hygienic Environments for Children
Convening Organizations: USAID (WASHPaLS Project); Clean, Fed & Nurtured Coalition; Johns Hopkins University/Food for the Hungry; North Carolina State University/ The Water Trust; Emory University/Gram Vikas; Cranfield University/People in Need; Stanford University; icddr,b; EarthEnable

Rural Water Supply Sustainability: Advancing Rural Water Services: Strengthening Systems for Professionalized Maintenance and Fit-for-Purpose Water Quality Monitoring
Convening Organizations: USAID/SWS and REACH

Sanitation Market Systems – Missing Links in Sanitation Market Systems: Institutional Accountability and Demand Activation
Convening Organizations:  RTI International, USAID/WASHPaLS Project

Menstrual Hygiene Management: Menstruation & WASH: Learning from Global Humanitarian Emergencies and Workplace Contexts
Convening Organizations: USAID, WaterAid, Columbia University, International Rescue Committee

What is all the Hubbub About Having a Hub?
Convening Organizations: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, IRC WASH, Millennium Water Alliance, Sustainable WASH Systems Program including Mortenson Center in Global Engineering, Environmental Incentives and Tetra Tech

Serving the Urban & Rural Poor: What is “Quality” Sanitation? Investigating Service Standards and User Experience in Rural and Urban Settings
Convening Organizations: Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), EAWAG, i-SAN, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), World Health Organization (WHO), SNV

Responding to WaSH-Related Disease: WASH & Neglected Tropical Diseases: Generating the Evidence Base for Policy and Programming
Convening Organization(s): The Carter Center, Children Without Worms, Emory University, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, SCI Foundation, WaterAid, World Health Organization


Behavior Change: Using Barrier Analysis and Willingness to Pay to Promote Household Water Treatment in Haiti, Bram Riems, Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Hygiene: ChickFlows: A Food Value Chain to Assess Childhood Exposure to Chicken-related Enteropathogens in Maputo, Mozambique | Efficacy of Chlorine-based Surface Disinfection Against Vibrio Cholerae


Posters – USAID Sponsored Studies

Other Posters

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