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ISNTD WASH, awards & more! 

From the whole team at ISNTD, a warm welcome to the fresh academic year 2016/17 and particularly to our latest members. This year, we will be busier than ever and we are delighted to focus our activities in diseases of poverty around two major themes:


Join us for our next meeting: ISNTD Water 2016 CONFERENCE focusing on water, sanitation & hygiene and opportunities for partnership with the global health sector.

Enter your WASH research and products in our AWARDS & address unmet needs in tropical health.  

Register before September 30th 2016 across all events and receive
30% discount on all single or multiple tickets

Take an annual departmental membership to ISNTD before September 30th 2016 and also receive a 30% discount
(includes 4 free passes to each ISNTD conference)


ISNTD Water 2016
WASH, innovation & tropical health

November 1st 2016
Institute of Child Health London

FOCUS on water, santation, hygiene & global health

ISNTD Water 2016 Start the year and join us at our annual ISNTD Water on November 1st 2016, exploring research & operational partnerships in water, sanitation and health.

WASH Innovation Awards Discover our ISNTD Water AWARDS for WASH innovations with significant impact on tropical health & diseases of poverty!

Want to enter? Submit your proposal here by October 15th 2016 in three categories:

Product • Research • Programme

ISNTD Water 2016
November 1st 2016, Institute of Child Health, London

Programme, information & early bird registration here! 

ISNTD WASH Innovation Award entry form
Key speakers include:
Petra Wadström (CEO & Founder)

Petra Wadström is the inventor of Solvatten, a portable device that treats and heats water with the use of solar energy. Today Solvatten is used in over 22 countries reaching more than 200´000 individuals, majority of them living in rural East Africa.

Donald Brooks (President & CEO)
Initiative : Eau

In 2013, Donald Brooks founded Initiative:Eau to address global problems in water and sanitation access, equality, advocacy. In particular, to address WASH concerns in urban settings, Initiative:Eau has developed WASHMobile, a method by which to collect and disseminate water quality information by harnessing the power of mobile phone in order to prevent water-borne illness and to monitor and address failing infrastructure in developing urban settings. Learn more about the story here.  

Sanjay Vijesekera (Chief of water, sanitation & hygiene)

Sanjay Wijesekera joined UNICEF in October 2011 as the Chief of Section for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Associate Director of Programmes. Before joining UNICEF, from 2005 – 2011, he was working for the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), where he was responsible for managing overall policy and global programmes related to achieving the water and sanitation Millennium Development Goals. Prior to that, between 2003 and 2005, he worked for UNICEF as a water and sanitation adviser in Nigeria. Mr. Wijesekera worked for the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in South Africa (2000 – 2002) and has also worked on emergency programmes in Rwanda for Oxfam in 1994 and for UNICEF.

James Pender (Programmes and Advocacy Officer for Asia)
The Leprosy Mission England & Wales

James Pender is Programmes and Advocacy Officer for Asia for The Leprosy Mission, having formerly held the position of Development and Natural Resource Management Advisor for the Church of Bangladesh Social Development Programme. James Pender will be speaking about recent research in partnership with WaterAid on "The importance of water, sanitation and hygiene for lymphatic filariasis and leprosy care and inclusion".

Etienne Decherf (Business manager)
Vergnet Hydro

Vergnet Hydro is a French manufacturer of drinking water supply technologies for developing countries, particularly in isolated areas. Since its founding in 1976, Vergnet Hydro has been involved in maintenance systems for its equipment, based on establishing networks of local repair persons and spare parts supply. Etienne joined Vergnet Hydro in 2000 and has been head of several rural water supply projects and area sales manager in western Africa and Asia. Previously, he worked for 3 years as works supervisor in Mali for small towns piped water systems.


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