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Published on: 05/10/2020

The Water Institute at University of North Carolina (UNC) 2020 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Practice will be held October 26 – 30, 2020 virtually from the comfort of your home or office. The conference will explore drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both developing and developed countries with a strong public health/COVID-19 emphasis. This year's conference is entirely virtual, and registration is free and open to the public, so we hope to see you there. 

See the programme

Register, join us and participate in the discussions, plenary sessions and presentations by IRC experts and partners. 

IRC and partners will be organising sessions and presentations at the UNC Water and Health Conference, find the overview below:





Monday, October 26

16:45 - 18:00 CET 

Plenary session:
COVID-19: State of the Global WaSH Response

Clarissa Brocklehurst | UNC
Catarina de Albuquerque | SWA
Bruce Gordon | WHO
Kelly Ann Naylor | UNICEF
Jennifer Sara | World Bank
Robert Gakubia| Wasreb
Negash Wagesho | Min of Water, Irrigation & Energy Ethiopia
Beverly Ho | Department of Health - Philippines

UNC, Sanitation and Water for All, WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, Ministry of Water Ethiopia, Kenya Water Services Regulatory Board-WASREB, Dept of Health Philippines 

Wednesday, October 28

15:00 - 16:30 CET  

Plenary Session:

Juste Nansi | IRC Burkina Faso
Aaron Salzberg | UNC
Nick Hepworth | Water Witness
Maitreyi Bordia | World Bank

World Bank, IRC, Water Witness, UNC

Wednesday 28 October 2020

14:00 - 15:00 CET

Who Pays for Water?

Comparing Life-Cycle Costs Among Several Low, Medium and High-income Utilities

University of Colorado Boulder

Wednesday 28 October 2020

3:00 – 3:30 pm DC (EST)

Agenda For Change Booth

A session focusing on systems strengthening and examples from Agenda for Change members on systems strengthening in action

IRC and Water For People on behalf of Agenda for Change

Thursday 29 October 2020

14:00 - 15:15 CET

Advancing Rural Water Services

Strengthening Systems for Professionalized Maintenance and Fit-for-Purpose Water Quality Monitoring

USAID/SWS, REACH, Helvetas Nepal

Thursday 29 October 2020

15:30 - 16:45 CET

What is all the Hubbub About Having a Hub?


Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, IRC, Millennium Water Alliance, SWS Learning Partnership including the University of Colorado Boulder, Environmental Incentives and Tetra Tech

 Friday, October 30

15:00 - 16:30 CET 

Plenary session
Water and Health Policy Wrap-up: Advancing WaSH in 2021

Snehalatha Mekala |  FANSA
Catarina de Albuquerque | Sanitation and Water for All
Jan Willem Rosenboom | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Wambui Gichuri | African Development Bank Group
Bruce Gordon | WHO
Aaron Salzberg | UNC
Jerson Kelman | Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil

Sanitation and Water for All; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; African Development Bank Group; WHO; UNC; Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - Brazil

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