Bergen Summer Research School
BSRS 2016: Val Curtis

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

New imperatives, new approaches

Boy drinks water from a tap stand at the school, NEWAH WASH water project in Puware Shikhar, Udayapur District, Nepal.
Jim Holmes

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Dr Val Curtis
Reader in Hygiene, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Director of the Environmental Health Group

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Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are the triumvirate that cannot be separated. The health imperative is clear. Evidence shows that all routes of pathogen transmission have to be closed down if morbidity and mortality is to be prevented, especially in areas of high risk.

The new Sustainable Development Goals mandate universal access to WASH, but this is far from being achieved. Changing long ingrained behaviours is key to meeting this challenge.

This presentation will explore some of the new ways that Hygiene, Sanitation and Water coverage is being improved in homes, in schools, in health centres and in villages and in towns, with lessons from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Val Curtis is Director of the Environmental Health Group, a multidisciplinary group dedicated to improving hygiene, sanitation and water (WASH). She is trained in engineering, epidemiology and anthropology and studies human behaviour from an evolutionary perspective.

This keynote is open to the public.