Conference News

Attendee Presentations Now Available

Verbal, poster, and side event presentations from the 2014 conference are now available for review and download on the Attendee Presentations page. If you presented at the 2014 conference and would like your presentation to be included on the website, please send an email with your presentation to Chris Cline (, Web and IT Support Associate for the Water Institute at UNC.

2014 W&H Buzz

Below are a few stories about the 2014 Water and Health Conference from around the web.

FTW Finalist Presentation Videos Online

A recording of the FTW Competition Finalist Presentations is now available for viewing.

Plenary Session Recordings Published

Video recordings of Jennifer Sara’s keynote address and the panel discussion, Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Addressing Inequalities in Access to WaSH, are available on the conference website on the Plenary Presentations page.

Participant List Available

A list of conference participants is now available. This list contains the name, organizational affiliation, and country of all conference attendees who wished to be included. A link to the list can be found in the website menu under About the Conference.

2014 Abstract Book Available

The Abstract Book for this year’s conference is now available for download as a PDF.

Map of Represented Countries Available

Map of represented countries

A map has been added to the conference website showing world countries with at least one representative at this year’s Water and Health Conference. Click the map to view a larger version.


Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Addressing Inequalities in Access to WaSH

This panel discussion will take place on Thursday, October 16th at 8:30 AM in Grumman Auditorium. The purpose of the panel discussion is to engage panelists and the audience in a conversation focused on developing an understanding of whether or not we are indeed reducing inequalities in access to WaSH. Our panel will consist of national level decision-makers, international and local observers, and donors who will discuss what the current data suggests, what types of issues need to be overcome to make programs successful, whether there’s commitment at all levels of society to reduce inequalities as well as a multitude of related questions. For more information and for a list of the panelists, please see the session flyer.

Late-breaking Session: Ebola and WaSH

This workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30 PM in the Sunflower Room. The goal of this workshop is to communicate what is known or suspected as well as what we still need to know about Ebola virus risks in relation to WaSH. For more information on the event, please see the event flyer.

Conference Program Available

The full conference program, which incorporates the schedule and description of the conference’s side events, is now available on the Program page.

Keynote Speaker Announced

The Keynote Address for the 2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy will be given by Jennifer Sara, Director for the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice. For more information, please see the Program page.

CEU Application Available

Conference attendees may now apply to receive a certificate for Continuing Education Units from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There is no additional charge associated with requesting CEUs. Please use the CEU Application Form to apply for a certificate.

Side Event Descriptions Available

The Side Event Schedule, available on the Program page, now contains detailed descriptions for each of the events being held at this year’s conference.

Writing a Publishable Scientific Paper: A Boot Camp for the Writing Process

Dr. Lisa Casanova, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Georgia State University, will be teaching a seminar on the scientific paper writing process. This boot camp will take place on Tuesday, October 14th, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. For more details, and to reserve a place at this event, please visit the Program page.

Poster Presentation Schedule Now Available

The schedule for poster presentations for the 2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy is now available. Visit the Program page for a PDF version of the schedule. Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Verbal Presentation Schedule Now Available

The schedule for verbal presentations for the 2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy is now available. Visit the Program page for a PDF version of the schedule. Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

2014 Water and Health Conference Scholarship Winners

We are pleased to announce the scholarship recipients for the 2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy. The top prize winner is Md. Mahbubur Rahman of icddr,b. He will give a verbal presentation of his work entitled Measuring Intervention Fidelity to Assess Implementation Gaps in a Sanitation Intervention Component of a Randomized Controlled Trial.

Additional scholarship recipients from low- and middle-income countries:

  • Carlos Pascual, Future University, Abstract: Impacts of WaSH Programme in Darfur: Assessment of Water Pumping Systems for IDPs
  • Mahesh Neupane, Government of Nepal, Abstract: Mainstreaming Water Safety Plans in Water Supply Systems in Developing countries; Experiences of Amarapuri as Best Practice from Nepal
  • Krushna Sahoo, Asian Institute of Public Health, Abstract: The Landscape of Sanitation-related Psychosocial Stress: A Grounded Theory Study of Women in Urban, Rural, and Indigenous Communities in Odisha, India
  • Ai Huynh, WaterSHED, Abstract: HappyTap: Aspirational Handwashing Device Commercialization in Vietnam
  • Bayan Athamneh, Royal Scientific Society, Abstract: A Social Marketing Program to Enhance Water Conservation in Jordan

US student author scholarship recipients:

  • Anna Murray, Tufts University,  Abstract: Fouling in Hollow Fiber Membrane Microfilters Used for Household Water Treatment in Honduras
  • Jennifer Orgill, Duke University, Abstract: Poor Neighborhood Hygiene and Low Water Quality Investment