[Health] Fwd: [schoolhealth] WASH & NTDs Discussion at UNC Water and Health Conference, Nov. 1

Chris Leonard cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com
Tue Oct 16 09:07:35 EDT 2012

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From: Kerry Gallo <kgallo at taskforce.org>
Date: Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM
Subject: [schoolhealth] WASH & NTDs Discussion at UNC Water and Health
Conference, Nov. 1
To: schoolhealth at imperial.ac.uk

Dear Colleagues,

The neglected tropical disease (NTD) sector has increasingly recognized
that disease elimination goals will not be achieved without significant
improvements in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in endemic areas. The
NTD sector recognizes the need to identify the most effective, sustainable,
and scalable methods of integrating NTD control and WASH activities, and to
encourage practical collaboration. Both the WASH and NTD sectors frequently
utilize the school platform, and coordinating efforts to improve health at
the school level through WASH and NTD control interventions may be one
efficient way to simultaneously achieve WASH and NTD goals. We invite those
interested in school health, both from the WASH and NTD sectors, to join a
discussion at the UNC Water and Health conference on Nov. 1 to explore
practical considerations to WASH for NTD control, both in the school
setting and beyond. See the event information below or at this link:
Visit http://whconference.unc.edu/ for more information about the

*2012 UNC Water and Health Conference:
Science, Policy and Innovation Side Event

*WASH and the Neglected Tropical Diseases:
Bridging the Divide Between Treatment and Prevention Programs
to Reduce Prevalence of NTDs*

*A Discussion of Practical Considerations to WASH for NTD Control*

*Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 1:15 – 3:00 p.m.*

The primary strategy for controlling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) has
been the use of drugs for mass treatment in highly endemic areas. However,
treatment alone is unlikely to break the cycle of transmission or result in
sustained control of disease. There have been some efforts to control NTDs
using targeted water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and
messaging, but until recently, the WASH and NTD sectors have largely
operated independently, rarely sharing lessons learned. There is a need to
identify the most effective, sustainable, and scalable methods of
integrating WASH and NTD control activities, as well as to build a strong
evidence base for collaborative programming. This symposium is the first in
a series of discussions between the WASH and NTD sectors, investigating
opportunities and challenges to collaborative WASH and NTD programming.

Speakers and Discussion Leaders*

*David Addiss*, Director, Children without Worms (CWW)

*Matthew Freeman*, Assistant Professor, Emory University Center for Global
Safe Water (CGSW)

*Jack Grimes*, Doctoral Researcher, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI)

*Danny Haddad, Director, International Trachoma Initiative (ITI)*

*Stephanie Ogden*, WASH/NTD Officer, CGSW/CWW/ITI

Event Description
*Speakers will review the distribution and global burden of three major
NTDs reliant on WASH improvements for long-term, sustainable
control—soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), schistosomiasis, and
trachoma—and discuss current evidence and knowledge gaps for practical
collaboration between WASH and NTDs. Participants will be informed of
current approaches to integrated disease control, including mass drug
administration, national action plans, and cross-sector prevention efforts.
Participants will discuss ongoing compatible and overlapping
implementation, research, and advocacy efforts. The group will formulate
next steps towards collaboration between the WASH and NTD sectors,
continued dialogue and information exchange.

*Agenda – Thursday, November 1, 2012*



*Session Description*

1:15 – 1:25

Introductions and Welcome (Ogden)

   - Introductions
   - Brief overview of issue
   - Agenda
   - Event objectives

1:25 – 2:05

NTD Presentations

   1. STH (Freeman)
   2. Schistosomiasis (Grimes)
   3. Trachoma (Haddad)

   - Easily digestible overview of three major NTDs impacted by WASH
   - Information about impact of WASH interventions on disease control

2:05 – 2:20

Integrated Control of NTDs, Comprehensive Control Strategies, and strategic
WASH (Addiss)

   - Overview of integrated activities for NTD control
   - Examples of WASH/NTD control integration (planned WASH/NTD online
   learning module)
   - Anticipated opportunities and challenges for WASH/NTD collaboration

2:20 – 2:50

Discussion –

Challenges and opportunities for collaboration

   - Identify opportunities for collaboration in implementation, advocacy,
   research, etc.
   - Anticipation of challenges to collaboration
   - Outcomes and next steps
   - Info-gathering to inform WASH & NTD Roundtable

2:50 – 3:00


   - Conclusions and summary of follow-up steps

Kerry Gallo, MPH

Sr. Program Associate

Children Without Worms
The Task Force for Global Health

325 Swanton Way | Decatur, GA 30030 USA

P: 404.687.5627 F: 404.371.1138

kgallo at taskforce.org


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