Session Detail

Session Number: 18
Session Title: The Critical Role of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Controlling Neglected Tropical Diseases
Session Type: Symposium
Session Start/End Time: Thursday, Nov 14, 2013, 10:15 AM -12:00 PM
Location: Virginia
Session Description: The primary strategy for controlling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as trachoma, schistosomiasis, and soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections has been the use of drugs for mass treatment of populations at risk of infection. However, because rates of reinfection following mass treatment are high in the absence of adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene education (WASH), treatment alone is unlikely to break the cycle of transmission or result in sustained control of disease. A series of 2012 discussions between the WASH and NTD sectors emphasized the need for practical collaboration between the two sectors in order to successfully achieve NTD control targets for the year 2020. A primary challenge to collaboration is the lack of firm understanding regarding the impact of WASH interventions on NTD control. This symposium will highlight research findings regarding the effectiveness of WASH interventions in reducing transmission of trachoma, schistosomiasis, and STH and the importance to sustaining gains made through mass chemotherapy, as well as draw attention to new research regarding overlapping WASH and NTD mapping. This symposium will also provoke discussion of program and policy implications of this research.
Symposium Organizer
David G. Addiss
Children Without Worms, Task Force for Global Health, Decatur, GA, United States

Alan Fenwick
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

11/14/2013 10:15:00 AM
The effect of water, sanitation, and hygiene on trachoma infection: results of a systematic review and meta-analysis
Stephanie Ogden
Children Without Worms / International Trachoma Initiative, Task Force for Global Health, Decatur, GA, United States

11/14/2013 10:35:00 AM
The impact of WASH access on STH infection: implications for programs and policy
Matthew Freeman
Environmental Health - Center for Global Safe Water, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States

11/14/2013 10:55:00 AM
Geostatistical modelling of WASH coverage and linkage to NTD risk maps
Rachel Pullan
Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

11/14/2013 11:15:00 AM
Comparison of school WASH and schistosomiasis infection rates in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region, Ethiopia
Jack Grimes
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom


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