ISNTD Water 2017

ISNTD Water 2017





Programme: ISNTD Water, September 30th 2015, British Medical Association House, London

Neglected Tropical Diseases are a group of around 17 diseases which affect over 1.4 billion individuals worldwide, most of which are amongst the poorest and most vulnerable and live in areas with inadequate water and sanitation provision. The lack of such facilities not only imposes an immense burden on those individuals directly, but also provides a breeding ground for the numerous diseases which continue to further afflict these communities.  


Improvement in water and sanitation provision can make the most important contribution towards better health by breaking transmission cycles, eradicating the breeding grounds for dangerous pathogens and providing the opportunity for overall economic and social development.  


ISNTD Water 2015 at the Brunei Gallery, Sept 30th 2015, will bring together the main stakeholders, researchers, NGOs, policy makers... involved in the development of safe water, sanitation infrastructure and hygiene programmes for improved public health.


In plenary sessions and via workshops, this conference will discuss:


- the current landscape in terms of safe water and sanitation provision in resource poor areas

- technologies and methodologies to determine the availability of new water supplies

- case studies of successful infrastructure development, safe water & hygiene practices, WASH programmes...  

- new and emerging technologies for water and sanitation

- the role of the private sector in water and sanitation development

- financing models for infrastructure development in resource-poor economies

- the role and impact of behaviour change campaigns

- advances in combating water-borne diseases

- response measures and toolkit for outbreaks of water-borne diseases and other water-related emergencies    


and many more fields as the programme and pre-conference discussions develop.


Please contact for further information, to send in an abstract and speaking & exhibition opportunities.

Plenary sessions cover:

  • Urbanisation, Water & Global Health

  • Desalination and water treatment

  • New & Emerging Technologies for water & sanitation

  • Financing infrastructure development in resource-poor settings

  • Impact, equity and challenges of water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) programmes for NTDs and public health

  • Role of private sector in water and sanitation

  • Emergency water & sanitation (including cholera)

  • Water management for vector control (dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever...)

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8.30 Registration and networking breakfast reception

9.00 Welcome from the ISNTD


9.15 Session 1: Disease focus – water-borne NTDs & urban settings

• Dr. Samuel Fosu Gyasi (University of Energy & Natural Resources, Ghana)

 Environmental Arsenic: An implication of NTDs in Ghana

• Dr. Julian Entwistle (Xenex Associates)

 Urban water and mosquito-borne disease

• Pr. Mark Eisler (University of Bristol)

 A One Health Approach to Water-Borne Trematode Infections of Man and Livestock

• Mr. Simon Bibby (DFID)


10.15 Panel discussion 1


10.45 Coffee Break


11.15  Session 2: Delivering impact & behaviour change – the challenge of explosive urbanisation

• Ms. Petra Wadstrom (Solvatten)

 Solvatten: reducing the risk of soil transmitted diseases by using safe and warm water

• Mr. Timeyin Uwejamomere (WaterAid)

 Health Justice for the Urban Poor: What has WASH got to do with it?

• Ms. Martina Nee (Peepoople)

 Peepoo: from waste to value

• Dr. John Mullett (Butyl Products)

Flexigester: A New Tool for Treating Waste 


12.15 Panel discussion 2


12.45 Lunch


13.45 Session 3: Technology roundtable

• Mr. Martijn Nitzsche (Aqua-Aero WaterSystems)

Sustainable water purification in India: the business model & the practice

• Mr. John Griffith (The Safe Water Trust)

 Point of use water treatment

• Dr. Alison Parker (Cranfield University)

 Introducing new technologies to the WASH sector

• Dr. Carl Hensman (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)


15.00 Panel discussion 3


15.30 Coffee break


16.00 Session 4: Role of private sector in WASH interventions

• Dr. Hauke Hillebrandt (Giving What We Can)

 Comparative cost-effectiveness analysis of WASH: what are the most cost-effective interventions?

• Dr. Carolyn Jones (Unilever)  

 Private sector in WASH interventions

• Mr. Gary Sharkey (PwC)

  Private sector-led WASH interventions: individual and collective experience

• Mr. Andrea Demichelis (Elliot for Water)

• Ms. Mariana Matoso (Overseas Development Institute)

Private Sector and WASH - Driving catalytic engagement

• Mr. Andrei Xydas (Social Finance)

Outcomes-based financing for WASH


17.15 Panel discussion 4


17.45 Concluding remarks