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Global Health & Innovation Conference 2013 Presented by Unite For Sight, 10th Annual Conference

Thu, 24Jan2013 2 comments

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA 

Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14, 2013

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes more than 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  Register during January to secure the lowest registration rate.

Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit a social enterprise pitch abstract for consideration.

The conference’s confirmed speakers to date include:

Keynote Addresses

Design Thinking Speakers

  • “Strategic Innovation in Complex Challenges,” Banny Banerjee, Director, Stanford ChangeLabs; Associate Professor, Design Group, Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University
  • “The Next Step for Design: Social Entrepreneurship,” Jon Kolko, Vice President of Design, MyEdu; Executive Director, Austin Center for Design
  • “Weapons of Mass Design: Taking Products to Scale,” Robert HJ Miros, CEO, 3rd Stone Design Inc.

Education Initiatives in Global Health Speakers

  • “The ‘New’ World Health: Building a Field Across Disciplines and Sectors,” Sue Goldie, Director, Harvard Global Health Institute
  • “Impacts of Internet-Based Sexual Health Education in Colombia,” Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
  • “Global Mental Health and the Role of Academic Partnership,” David Henderson, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Associate Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Medical Director, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma
  • “Global Health, Education, and Development: Exploring the Critical Linkages,” Brian Heuser, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University; Affiliated Faculty, Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health (VIGH)
  • “Connect. Heal. Empower: The Findings of a Proven School-Based Community Model for Public Health in Haiti,” Jessica Jean François, Country Director, Hope for Haiti
  • “International Medical Electives: The Critical Importance of Listening to Your Host,” Christian Kraeker, MD, FRCPC DTM&H MSc, Department of Internal Medicine, McMaster University
  • “Initiating, Fostering, and Sustaining Biomedical Engineering Education in Africa,” Muhammad Zaman, PhD, Associate Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, Boston University

Environment, Energy, and Agriculture Speakers

  • “Health in Harmony: Saving Forests, Saving Lives. A Five Year Assessment of Project ASRI’s Human and Environmental Health Work in Borneo, Indonesia,” Christina Fitch, Secretary, Board of Directors, Health in Harmony
  • “The Relationships Between Human Health and Environmental Conservation: Case Studies from Madagascar,” Christopher Golden, PhD, MPH, Ziff Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment
  • “Asset-Based Financing for Smallholder Farmers,” Barrett Prinz, Director, Global Human Resources and Legal, One Acre Fund
  • “Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry and Engineering,” Julie Beth Zimmerman, PhD, Associate Professor of Green Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Acting Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Yale University

Film, Photography, Art & Global Health Speakers

  • “NightWatch: How a Celebrity Campaign is Helping to Knock Out Malaria in Cameroon,” Hannah Bowen, Research Manager, Malaria No More
  • “Using Visual Methods to Investigate Urban Health Disparities,” Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, Core Investigator, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Philadelphia VA Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • “Patient Empowerment: How the Visually Impaired Can Become Better Advocates for Themselves…And for Their Service Providers,” Joseph Lovett, Producer/Director, Going Blind
  • “Designing Social Change Programs: Lessons from the Field,” Bob McKinnon, President GALEWiLL Design; Director, the GALEWiLL Center for Opportunity & Progress

Healthcare Delivery Models and Impact Measurement

  • “Improving the Performance of Nurses in Egypt: Leadership and Management Capacity Building Improves Health Services and Outcomes,” Abdo Hassan Al Swasy, Consultant for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aswan, Egypt; Management Sciences for Health
  • “Tackling U.S. Health Disparities through Reverse Innovation: Community Health Workers Increase Value-Based Care,” Heidi Behforouz, Medical and Executive Director, Prevention and Access to Care and Treatment (PACT) Project
  • “Achieving Patient Safety on a Global Scale: The Solutions for Patient Safety Case Study,” Shelley Bird, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Cardinal Health
  • “The Cuban Health System Today,” Peter Bourne, Senior Research Fellow, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford; Chair, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)
  • “Middle East ‘Doctors With Borders’ Ophthalmology Opportunities,” Michael Brennan, Past President, American Academy of Ophthalmology; Ophthalmologist, Alamance Eye Center
  • James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana; Unite For Sight Ghana Medical Director
  • “Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare/Wellness for the Base of the Pyramid,” Al Hammond, Co-Founder and Chairman of Healthpoint Services; Director of Health for All, Ashoka
  • “Partners In Health at 25: A Generation of Solidarity and Partnership,” Ali Lutz, Haiti Special Projects Manager, Partners In Health
  • “5 Ways to Empower Health Entrepreneurs: With Mobile, Micro-Finance, Merchandise and More,” Chuck Slaughter, President and Founder, Living Goods

Health Policy & Advocacy

  • “Trading in Global Health: The Politics of Innovation,” Tahir Amin, Co-Founder and Director of Intellectual Property, I-MAK
  • “Is There the Courage to Change the Nation’s Diet?” Kelly Brownell, Professor of Psychology, Epidemiology and Public Health; Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University
  • “Bipartisan Advocacy for Global Health in Difficult Economic Times,” Deborah Derrick, President, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • “Shifting Paradigm: How the BRICS are Reshaping Global Health and Development,” David Gold, Principal, Global Health Strategies
  • “Advancing Global Health and Human Rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • “The Art of the Patient Narrative: Using Narrative to Enhance Diagnosis and Transform International Policy,” Leana Wen, MD, MSc, Emergency Physician, Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals; Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Maternal and Child Health Speakers

  • “Improving Maternal and Child Health: A Look at Community Level Interventions that Save Lives,” Koki Agarwal, Director MCHIP, JHPIEGO
  • “State of the World’s Children: A Tragedy in the Making,” Jane Aronson, MD, CEO, Founder, Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University
  • “Helping Babies Breathe: Neonatal Care for Resource-Limited Settings,” Sara Berkelhamer, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University
  • “The Role of Nutritious Products to Combat Stunting as One of the Key Long-Term Strategies,” Martin Bloem, Global Coordinator, WFP UNAIDS
  • “Reducing Pre-Eclampsia Morbidity and Mortality in Low-Resource Settings Through the Urine Congo Red Dot (CRD) Test,”Irina Buhimschi, MD, Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science
  • “Children as Key Participants in Health Promotion,” Mary Carlson, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • “Collective Efficacy as a Protective Factor in Child Health Promotion,” Felton James Earls, Research Professor of Human Development, Harvard School of Public Health
  • “Intimate Partner Violence Against Women: The Forgotten Aspect of Gender-Based Violence in Conflict Affected Settings,” Jhumka Gupta, ScD, Assistant Professor, Global Health Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health
  • “The Global Toll of Preterm Birth: Strengthening Prevention and Care of Prematurity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries,” Christopher Howson, PhD, March of Dimes Foundation
  • “The Global Landscape of Cross-border Reproductive Care: Twenty Key Findings for the New Millennium,” Marcia Inhorn, MPH, PhD, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs; Editor, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University
  • “Clinical and Community Action to Address Postpartum Hemorrhage Plus,” Ellen Israel, Senior Technical Advisor for Women’s Health and Rights, Pathfinder International
  • “Factors Influencing Neonatal Mortality in Rural Ghana,” Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute; Pediatric Program Director, Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • “Safe Babies: Building Agency in a Rural Kenyan Community,” James Nardella, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance
  • “Reversing the Trend of Separating Infants and Mothers After Delivery at a USA Academic Center and the Impact on Breastfeeding Rates,” Maureen Padilla, Administrative Director of Nursing, Women’s and Infant’s Service Line, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • “Friends of Low-Cost IVF: Empowering Infertile Women Globally,” Pasquale Patrizio, Professor of Obestrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine; Director, Yale Fertility Center
  • “Strengthening Maternal Child Health in Tajikistan by Linking Community and Facility-Based Interventions through Community-Managed Transport Systems,” Ramesh Singh, Health Program Manager, Mercy Corps
  • “Eliminating Pediatric AIDS, One Mother at a Time,” Robin Smalley, Co-Founder/International Director, mothers2mothers International

Non-Communicable Diseases Speakers

  • “Challenges and Strategies for Assessing Mental Health in Cross-Cultural Contexts,” Judith Bass, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Applied Mental Health Research Group, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • “Let’s Close the Billion-Person Treatment Gap for Common Mental Disorders: Rethinking Delivery, Knowledge, and Mental Capital,” Gary Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor and Director, Program in Global Mental Health, New York University School of Medicine; Senior Director for Psychiatric Services, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
  • “Association of Sexual Violence, Human Rights Violations, and Mental Health Outcomes in Liberia, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Kirsten Johnson, MD, MPH, Director, Humanitarian Studies Initiative, McGill University; Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University
  • “Closing the Cancer Divide: Opportunities for Health System Strengthening,” Felicia Knaul, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative
  • “A Novel Simplified Echocardiographic Strategy for Heart Failure Diagnosis and Management at District Hospital Level for Sub-Saharan Africa,” Gene Kwan, MD, Research Fellow, Division of Global Health Equity; Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • “Innovative Partnership for Vision Research Integration: Leveraging Existing Health and Development Platforms for the Eye Diseases,” Gyan “John” Prakash, PhD, MBA, Associate Director, International Programs, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • Sarwat Salim, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Glaucoma Service, University of Tennessee
  • “Ensuring Right to Sight by Eliminating Needless Blindness through Public Private Community Participation Model,” Sarang Samal, Founder, Kalinga Eye Hospital, NYSASDRI, India; Unite For Sight Partner
  • “What is Health and Why Do We Need to Know? A New Understanding to Improve Health Through the Meikirch Model,”Sarang Samal, Founder, Kalinga Eye Hospital, NYSASDRI, India; Unite For Sight Partner
  • “Tropical Dermatology: Role in Global Health,” Aisha Sethi, Assistant Professor, Dermatology and Infectious Diseases, Associate Residency Program Director, Section of Dermatology, University of Chicago

Organization Management Speakers

  • “Innovation in Health Systems,” Rifat Atun, Professor of International Health Management, Imperial College London

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Speakers

  • “Measuring Performance and Outcomes of Health Programs in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Health Systems Perspective,” Juan-Carlos Alegre, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Management Sciences for Health
  • “Showing Up is the First Step: Improving Healthcare Provider Attendance,” Angela Ambroz, Research Manager, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
  • “Controlled Trials as Program Evaluation: Not Just for Researchers Anymore,” Paul Bolton, Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • “Assessing the Economic Impact of Psychological Distress on Employment and National Income in Ghana,” Maureen Canavan, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in Public Health, Yale University School of Public Health
  • “Implementation and Assessment of a Perinatal Health Education Program in Rural Nepal,” Sienna Craig, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College
  • “Low Grade Inflammation and Glaucoma,” James Tsai, MD, Robert R. Young Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • “But How Generalizable is That? A Framework for Examining the External Validity of Development Interventions,” Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, Development Research Group, The World Bank

Philanthropy and Investment Speakers

  • “Gender Lens Investing in Healthcare,” Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO, Pipeline Fellowship
  • “Piloting the ‘Health Impact Fund’ Idea,” Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University

Social Enterprise Speakers

  • “Transparency as a Brand Culture,” Kyle Berner, Creator, Feelgoodz LLC
  • “Lessons Learned From Doing Social Enterprise Start Ups,” Jeffrey Church, Founder, Nika Water
  • “Creative Failure: How Culture, Economics, and Projection Can Screw Up a Great Program, and What to Learn from That,” Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • “Money in the Jungle: Investments and Earned Income Opportunities in the Amazon,” Tyler Gage, Co-Founder and President, Runa
  • “The Fig Food Movement: From Tikkun Olam to the Whole Foods Shelf,” Joel Henry, President and Founder, Fig Food Company, LLC
  • “Separating Consumer Products From Profit: Using a Non-Profit Model in a For-Profit Industry,” Krista Lampe Licata, CORE Foods Chief of Operations and Co-Founder
  • “Women Rice Farmers Feed Billions: Innovations that Transform Lives,” Ken Lee, Co-founder and Co-owner, Lotus Foods
  • “Building from the Inside Out: Co-opertives as an Egalitarian, Democratic, Grassroots, Free-Market Development Strategy,” Rodney North, The Answer Man – Information for the Public and Media, Equal Exchange Coop
  • “Lessons Learned from 28 Days in Captivity,” Alastair Onglingswan, CEO, Green Souls Shoes
  • Frederick Schilling, Co-Creator, Big Tree Farms
  • “Improving Our Economy and Our Health with Real Food,” Noha Waibsnaider, Founder and CEO, Peeled Snacks
  • “From the Congo to the Center of the Universe: How Chocolate Can Help Save the World,” Joe Whinney, Founder and CEO, Theo Chocolate, Inc.

Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

  • “The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy,” Philip Auerswald, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University
  • “From Start-Up to Scale-Up: The Path to Becoming Industry Leaders in Reducing Indoor Air Pollution,” Ron Bills, Chairman and CEO, Envirofit International
  • “Can Good Products Drive Out Bad? Experimental Evidence from Local Markets for Antimalarial Medicine in Uganda,” David Yanagizawa-Drott, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • “Post Conflict Nations: Building Modern Institutions on Traditional Values – The Case Study of Rwanda,” Michael Fairbanks, Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
  • ” The Low Take-up of Welfare Improving Products Among Poor Consumers: Lessons from Randomized Controlled Trials in Bangladesh, India and Malawi,” A. Mushfiq Morabak, Associate Professor of Economics, Yale University School of Management
  • “Design and Policy for Humanitarian Impact,” Tim Zak, Associate Teaching Professor; Director, Institute for Social Innovation, H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University

Social Media & Marketing Speakers

  • “A Global Study of Marketing and Preschool Children: Young Children’s Awareness of Fast Food, Beverages, Chips & Candy, Alcohol, and Tobacco,” Dina Borzekowski, EdD, Associate Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • “The Medium, the Message, and the Muppets: How Sesame Workshop Delivers Locally-Specific Health Education Across the Globe,” Charlotte Cole, Senior Vice President, Global Education, Sesame Workshop
  • “Integrated Impact: Aligning Internal Resources and Engaging External Stakeholders to Make a Difference,” Scott Henderson, Managing Director, CauseShift
  • “Marketing Strategies for Non-Profit and For-Benefit Organizations,” Naomi Hirabayashi, Director of Marketing, Do Something
  • “The Animated Activist,” Firdaus Kharas, Chairman, Chocolate Moose Media and Culture Shift
  • “The Power of Dynamic Digital Storytelling,” Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and Co-Founder, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Surgery & Global Health Speakers

  • “Three Years of Championing the Fight Against Needless Cataract Blindness in Ghana: Experiences and Challenges at Save The Nation’s Sight Clinic,” Thomas Baah, MD, Ophthalmologist and Director, Save The Nation’s Sight Clinic, Ghana
  • “Evolution of Conceptual Approaches for NGO Intervention,” Scott Corlew, ReSurge
  • “Glaucoma Care in West Africa: Challenges and Opportunities,” Leon Herndon, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Duke Glaucoma Service
  • “Implementation of Surgical Services in Low and Middle Income Countries,” Selwyn Rogers, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Technology in Global Health Speakers

  • “Comparative Effectiveness Evaluations of Health Care Technology in Low to Middle Income Countries,” Rajesh Balkrishnan, PhD, Associate Director for Research and Education, University of Michigan Center for Global Health
  • “Health Information Systems: Design Thinking in the Context of Quality Improvement,” Leo Anthony Celi, MD, MS, MPH, Executive Director, Sana, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT; Research Director, Laboratory of Computational Physiology, MIT; Staff Intensivist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • “Breakthrough: Driving Better Access, Quality, and Efficiency through Collaboration, Technology, and Innovation,” Paul Ellingstad, Parter and Program Development Director, Sustainability and Social Innovation, Hewlett-Packard
  • “HIV Infant Tracking System (HITSystem) in Kenya,” Brad Gautney, PNP, MPH, Founder and President, Global Health Innovations
  • Jose Gomez-Marquez, Little Devices @MIT and co-founder LDTC+Labs LLC
  • “‘Planting’ Solutions: Puzzling Problems,” Martin Gordon, MD, FAAAS, Emeritus Chairman and Lifetime Trustee, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Board; Prior Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
  • “Remote Biosensing in Resource-Limited Settings,” Jessica Haberer, MD, MS, Research Scientist, Harvard Institute for Global Health; Assistant in Health Decision Sciences, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor, Harvard Medical School
  • “Using mHealth, eHealth and iHealth in PMTCT and OVC Programs,” Bobby Jefferson, Senior Informatics Advisor, Futures Group
  • “Bridging the Communication Gap with Speaking Books,” Brian Julius, Owner, Books of Hope
  • “Technology For Better Healthcare: Using Technology to Leapfrog Traditional Models of Healthcare Delivery in the Developing World,” Shainoor Khoja, Managing Director, Roshan
  • “Use Scenarios and Target Product Profiles for Malaria Elimination Diagnostic Technologies,” Paul LaBarre, Senior Technical Officer/Portfolio Leader, PATH
  • “Mobile Technologies to Improve Rural Referral Systems for Obstetric and Newborn Care,” Alain Labrique, Assistant Professor, Program in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control, Department of International Health and Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; Director, JHU Global mHealth Initiative
  • Paul Meyer, Chairman and President, Voxiva, Inc.
  • “The Social Nature of Digital Disease Detection,” Robert Munro, CEO, Ibidon; Graduate Fellow, Stanford University
  • “Can mHealth Bridge the Gap Between the Haves and Have Nots?” John Piette, Associate Director for Global Health Communications, Center for Global Health, University of Michigan
  • “Mobile Phone Technology in the Developing World: Driving Supply Chain Transparency and Worker Empowerment,” Todd Stark, President, Good World Solutions

Water and Sanitation Speakers

  • “A Candid Look at Monitoring, Evaluation and Resolution in WASH in Schools: New Data from the Field,” Leslie Deroo, WASH in Schools Fellow, WASH Advocates
  • “Increasing Cost Effectiveness in Rural Service Delivery: The Case of Dispensers for Safe Water,” Katherine Hoffmann, Dispensers for Safe Water, Innovations for Poverty Action
  • “Empowering Youth: Why WASH in Schools Matters,” Elynn Walter, WASH in Schools Director, WASH Advocates

“Advice From The Experts” Panels

  • “Careers in Social Entrepreneurship: Advice From The Experts”
  • “Careers in Global Health: Advice From The Experts”
  • More panels to be announced

Interactive Workshops

  • “Camp for Orphans: Building Independence and Leadership Skills in At-Risk Youth,”Jane Aronson, MD, CEO, Founder, Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University and Alyson Fox, Senior Program Manager, Global Partnership Program, SeriousFun Children’s Network
  • “Scaling Your Social Venture: Becoming an Impact Entrepreneur,” Paul Bloom, Ph.D., Faculty Director, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • “The Practicalities of Where, When, and How to Implement Controlled Trials as Program Evaluation,”Paul Bolton, Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Judith Bass, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Applied Mental Health Research Group, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • “The Coming Wave of Social Entrepreneurship,” Jeffrey Church, Founder, Nika Water
  • “What You Won’t Learn in Business School: How to Structure a Social Enterprise for Real and Lasting Change,” Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • “China Has an Africa Strategy; Does Africa Have a China Strategy?”Michael Fairbanks, Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
  • “(Some!) Essentials of Global Health: Working from a Common Foundation,” Richard Skolnik, Lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health; Author, “Essentials of Global Health/Global Health 101”


With 12 years of experience in public health, Unite For Sight is an esteemed non-profit global health delivery organization that has provided eye care for more than 1.5 million patients, including more than 60,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Unite For Sight is comprised of public health experts and social entrepreneurs who produce innovative programs and deliver unparalleled healthcare strategies that eliminate patient barriers to care.

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Bill Gates Names Winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge

Wed, 15Aug2012 Comments off

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Loughbourough Portotype (Photo credit: Gates Foundation)

Bill Gates with a researcher from California I...

Bill Gates with a researcher from California Institute of Technology at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle on August 14, 2012. (Photo credit: Gates Foundation)

Bill Gates with a researcher from the Universi...

Bill Gates with a researcher from the University of Toronto at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair (Photo credit: Gates Foundation)

“Next-generation” toilets showcased at Gates Foundation offer innovative sanitation solutions that can save and improve lives around the world

SEATTLE, (August 14, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — Bill Gates today announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge—an effort to develop “next-generation” toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have it. The awards recognize researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, which will help improve the health and lives of people around the world.

California Institute of Technology in the United States received the $100,000 first prize for designing a solar-powered toilet that generates hydrogen and electricity. Loughborough University in the United Kingdom won the $60,000 second place prize for a toilet that produces biological charcoal, minerals, and clean water. University of Toronto in Canada won the third place prize of $40,000 for a toilet that sanitizes feces and urine and recovers resources and clean water. Special recognition and $40,000 went to Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) and EOOS for their outstanding design of a toilet user interface.

One year ago, the foundation issued a challenge to universities to design toilets that can capture and process human waste without piped water, sewer or electrical connections, and transform human waste into useful resources, such as energy and water, at an affordable price.

The first, second, and third place winning prototypes were recognized for most closely matching the criteria presented in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

Teams are showcasing their prototypes and projects at a two-day event held at the foundation’s headquarters in Seattle on August 14 and 15. The Reinvent the Toilet Fair is bringing together participants from 29 countries, including researchers, designers, investors, advocates, and representatives of the communities who will ultimately adopt these new inventions.

“Innovative solutions change people’s lives for the better,” said foundation Co-chair Bill Gates. “If we apply creative thinking to everyday challenges, such as dealing with human waste, we can fix some of the world’s toughest problems.”

Unsafe methods to capture and treat human waste result in serious health problems and death. Food and water tainted with fecal matter result in 1.5 million child deaths every year. Most of these deaths could be prevented with the introduction of proper sanitation, along with safe drinking water and improved hygiene.

Improving access to sanitation can also bring substantial economic benefits. According to the World Health Organization, improved sanitation delivers up to $9 in social and economic benefits for every $1 invested because it increases productivity, reduces healthcare costs, and prevents illness, disability, and early death.

Other projects featured at the fair include better ways to empty latrines, user-centered designs for public toilet facilities, and insect-based latrines that decompose feces faster.

“Imagine what’s possible if we continue to collaborate, stimulate new investment in this sector, and apply our ingenuity in the years ahead,” said Gates. “Many of these innovations will not only revolutionize sanitation in the developing world, but also help transform our dependence on traditional flush toilets in wealthy nations.”

Gates added: “All the participants are united by a common desire to create a better world – a world where no child dies needlessly from a lack of safe sanitation and where all people can live healthy, dignified lives.”

The Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WSH) initiative is part of the foundation’s Global Development Program, which addresses issues such as agricultural development and financial services—problems that affect the world’s poorest people but do not receive adequate attention. WSH has committed more than $370 million to this area, with a focus on developing sustainable sanitation services that work for everyone, including the poor.

The foundation also announced a second round of Reinvent the Toilet Challenge grants totaling nearly $3.4 million. The grants were awarded to: Cranfield University (United Kingdom); Eram Scientific Solutions Private Limited (India); Research Triangle Institute (United States); and the University of Colorado Boulder (United States).


Editor’s Notes:

Reinvent the Toilet Challenge Round 2 Winners

Cranfield University
This nearly $810,000 grant will help develop a prototype toilet that removes water from human waste and vaporizes it using a hand-operated vacuum pump and a unique membrane system. The remaining solids are turned into fuel that can also be used as fertilizer. The water vapor is condensed and can be used for washing, or irrigation.
Contact: Fiona Siebrits/ +44 (0) 1234 758040 /

Eram Scientific Solutions Private Limited
A grant of more than $450,000 will make public toilets more accessible to the urban poor via the eco-friendly and hygienic “eToilet.”
Contact: Miss Ria John / +0471 4062125 /

Research Triangle Institute
This $1.3 million grant will fund the development of a self-contained toilet system that disinfects liquid waste and turns solid waste into fuel or electricity through a revolutionary new biomass energy conversion unit.
Contact: Lisa Bistreich-Wolfe / +1 919.316.3596 /

Universcity of Colorado Boulder
A nearly $780,000 grant will help develop a solar toilet that uses concentrated sunlight, directed and focused with a solar dish and concentrator, to disinfect liquid-solid waste and produce biological charcoal (biochar) that can be used as a replacement for wood charcoal or chemical fertilizers.
Contact: Karl Linden / +1 303 302 0188/ Carol Rowe / +1 303 492 7426 /

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health with vaccines and other lifesaving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. To learn more, visit You can also join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog


Related Documents

Background: Reinvent the Toilet
Reinvent the Toilet Fair Program
Exhibitor Technology Guide: Reinvent the Toilet Fair 2012

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Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Strategy Overview
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Keeping informed about WASH : Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Newsletter

Sat, 11Aug2012 2 comments

The “Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Newsletter ” from WHO is a  nice newsletter to subscribe to.  Its easy to skim but usually has a couple of great morsels of information with links that you will want to click through to.

If you would like to be added to their mailing list please email with the following:
To subscribe please include the text “subscribe WATERSANITATION” in the body of your email message.

Here is a sample of the latest newsletter. I can’t find a web page, it  appears to be only be accessible in a email

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Newsletter N° 158 / 10 August 2012

A Manual for Economic Assessment of Drinking-water Interventions
This manual describes a practical technique for appraising or evaluating small-scale interventions that seek to provide safer and more accessible drinking-water to rural people. It complements the WHO/IWA publication Valuing Water, Valuing Livelihoods.
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Tracking national financing to sanitation and drinking-water: A UN-Water GLAAS Working Paper 
Just published, this full background document produced for the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-water reviews current experiences relating to tracking financial flows to WASH. It presents a methodological framework which provides a point of departure for global partners to develop and roll out an internationally agreed method. The full document is available here:
A first meeting to take forward this initiative will take place 27 August at Stockholm World Water Week. Details available at:
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Register today for the 2012 Chapel Hill Water and Health Conference!
The 2012 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Innovation, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, 29 October to 2 November, offers participants nearly 40 networking and workshop opportunities, and over 200 verbal and poster presentations around the following themes and more: Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustainability, Ecosystem Protection and Drinking Water Safety, WaSH and Child Health, Beyond 2015: Realizing Universal Access and Human Rights, Household-centered WaSH.  Early bird registration rate through August 15 at:
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Newly released WHO report indicates increase in cholera cases in 2011
A total of 58 countries from all continents reported a cumulative total of 589 854 cholera cases, representing an increase of 85% from 2010.  The greatest proportion of cases was reported from the island of Hispaniola and the African continent.  These trends reflect the need to shift from basic responsiveness to a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that works with communities to improve access to safe drinking-water and sanitation, encourages behavioural change and promotes the targeted use of oral cholera vaccines where the disease is endemic. Access the report online at
Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development
The Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the dissemination of high-quality information on the science, policy and practice of drinking-water supply, sanitation and hygiene at local, national and international levels, published by IWA Publishing.
Click on the links below to view abstracts of some of the papers included in the latest issue of the journal:
Potential of community prepared wooden charcoal of Assam (India) for As(III) removal through batch and continuous column studies. Kamal Uddin Ahamad and Mohammad Jawed, 95–102 doi:10.2166/washdev.2012.039
A conceptual framework to evaluate the outcomes and impacts of water safety plans.
Richard J. Gelting, Kristin Delea and Elizabeth Medlin, 103–111 doi:10.2166/washdev.2012.079
Water resources management in central northern Namibia using empirically grounded modelling. M. Zimmermann, 112–123 doi:10.2166/washdev.2012.090
Applying the Household-Centered Environmental Sanitation planning approach: a case study from Nepal. Mingma Gyalzen Sherpa, Christoph Lüthi and Thammarat Koottatep, 124–132 doi:10.2166/washdev.2012.021
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Call for papers: World Water Week in Stockholm 2012

Wed, 18Jan2012 Comments off

press release:

World Water Week in Stockholm 2012

Submit your event proposal or abstract before 15 February

Organisations and individuals are invited to submit proposals for organising a seminar or side event at the 2012 World Water Week, or to send in abstracts for oral or poster presentations for the scientific workshops.

Submitting proposals for seminars or side events

Submitting abstracts for the scientific workshops

The deadline for proposal and abstract submission is 15 February.

This year, the World Water Week in Stockholm will take a closer look at global “Water and Food Security”. Increasing imbalances in the world’s water and food security situation are unfolding. Economies of countries as well as businesses are becoming restrained by the availability of water, leading to a rush for resources beyond national territories. Increasing floods and droughts together with volatile food prices are having direct effects on political stability and national security. At the same time there are great untapped synergies in the management of food and water. The management of these basic resources will have enormous effects on our future.

About the World Water Week
The World Water Week in Stockholm, organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute with FAO and the CGIAR as Key Collaborating Partners for 2012, provides a unique forum for the exchange of views, experiences and practices between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities. The Week focuses on new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the world’s environment, health, climate, economic and poverty reduction agendas. In 2011, more than 2600 participants from nearly 130 countries attended the World Water Week and some 180 leading international organisations collaborated with SIWI in arranging the event.

The 2012 World Water Week will take place August 26-31.

For more information on the World Water Week in Stockholm visit  or download the first announcement.

Eye opening report on Haitian sanitation and what the future holds

Fri, 06Aug2010 1 comment

Haiti From sustaining lives to sustainable solutions: the challenge of sanitation

the challenge of sanitation

The  International Federation International Federation Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) realease  a 24 page report  titled Haiti: From sustaining lives to sustainable solutions –the challenge of sanitation in July 2010 Special report, six months on • July 2010

Contents are follows

  • Top line messages
  • Before the earthquake Tentative steps in the face of chronic under-development
    • It’s a dirty job,but somebody has to do it Case Study
  • Six months on: notable achievements, but substitution is not the answer
    • Hygiene promotion at Camp La Piste Case Study
    • Sanitation technicians –doing the work that nobody else wants to do Case Study
  • The challenges of the next 6–12 months Taking the frst steps towards sustainable sanitation solutions
    • Making it fun to learn about hygiene Case Study
    • Cleaning up the camps Case Study
  • The next ten years Innovation is the key
  • Haiti earthquake operation in figures

The  Top line message is as follows

  • Sanitation saves lives. Without it, there is a risk of a secondary disaster, in which the people who have survived the earthquake could succumb to preventable disease.
  • The IFRC is calling on the international community to recognize sanitation as one of the absolute priorities in Haiti’s reconstruction, and to ensure that sufficient resources are devoted to it.
  • The current situation is not sustainable. The IFRC and other agencies providing water and sanitation services on behalf of the Haitian authorities are currently stretched beyond their capacity and mandate.
  • Haitian authorities must receive funding and support to build their capacities to provide the improved sanitation services the Haitian population needs and deserves.
  • Access to appropriate sanitation is also a dignity and protection issue, particularly for women and children. Community participation is essential to identify ways to ensure that people feel safe when using sanitation facilities – toilets and showers – both at night and in the day.
  • Innovative solutions for future sanitation provision are needed. For example research is needed into potential solutions such as small bore sewerage, large-scale composting of waste, or
    establishing biogas production.

They go on to say in  (footnotes are remove here but are  in original pdf)

“…Six months on, a large proportion of sanitation services (and two-thirds of the water trucking) continue to be provided by international partners. This is notsustainable. The IFRC calls upon the international community to recognize sanitation as one of the absolute priorities in Haiti’s reconstruction and ensure that sufficient resources are devoted to it….”

“…Before the earthquake, safe water access was amongst the lowest in Latin America and the Caribbean, nwhilst access to sanitation was amongst the lowest
in the world… ”

“…Whilst the IFRC works mainly in larger camps and neighbourhoods, other agencies and NGOs are working in small camps that are not accessible to
larger de-sludging machines. They have also taken this “improve on what exists” approach, consulting with camp dwellers to learn and build upon their own practices. They are currently piloting a number of different options. These include field-testing the distribution and safe collection of biodegradable bags in locations where there appears to be no other viable solution (for example, no space for more conventional toilets), installing toilets that use little or no water, and investigating options to introduce manual de-sludging pumps that would improve upon the bayacou system of toilet clearance used prior to the earthquake…..”

“There are huge challenges in meeting the long-term sanitation needs for Haiti, but at the same time great opportunities exist to make substantial improvements
to the sanitary environment of Port-au-Prince and beyond. The key is to support the Haitian authorities in investigating and putting in place pioneering sanitation solutions. The crucial starting point is to ensure that equal importance, support and funding is channeled to sanitation as well as the provision of water in tackling the long-term rebuilding of Haiti…”

“…Investment in formative research is needed now  in areas such as the barriers and motivational factors to achieving improved sanitation within Haitian society,
the ability and willingness to pay for it, and whether there is an openness to adopt innovations such as the agricultural use of human-derived fertiliser or the conversion of excreta into energy through biogas production. All these issues must be properly researched, together with a better understanding in how to carry out urban mass sanitation, given that most experience to date stems from rural and peri-urban situations.

Haiti is still in the first phase of recovering from the devastating effects of the 12 January earthquake, but now is the time to look forward – to the next six months and also to the next 10 or 20 years. The decisions made now will have the most profound influence in helping the country deliver a prosperous future for its citizens. Making sure that sanitation is given equal priority and funding
to the provision of water – and seizing opportunities to put in place innovative long-term approaches to solid and human waste management in Haiti requires immediate action, research and planning.”


Looking for Realism – African sanitation report

Wed, 04Aug2010 Comments off

there was a report  new report out this winter   called




It is a 50 page report by Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is available in pdf format

Sections are


It is not soft in its observations. It  reference multiple source in substantiating its title.

Like the following:”Many private organizations
and government departments have focused on providing toilets aimed at achieving high coverage
rates rather than motivating their use and maintenance (17).  The end result is the construction of
toilets that are either not wanted, inappropriate or unused. ”

Seems Like we need to be doing some more reality checks and long term monitoring of solutions.

Join the United Wash Campaign and use the Football World Cup to help the cause of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Sat, 12Jun2010 1 comment

Wash United Logo

Wash United Logo

WASH United is a coalition of international and African civil society organizations, United Nations agencies, governments and leading actors from the world of football using the power of sport to promote safe drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all people, everywhere. In their campaign for the 2010 World Cup, WASH United focuses on eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Mali, Lesotho, Uganda and Tanzania). In addition, WASH United has also targeted activities taking place in Europe to raise awareness among the general public and decision makers.
WASH United is also a Club that already counts among its members some of the world’s biggest football stars like Didier Drogba, Nwankwo Kanu or Stephen Appiah. WSSCC is a partner to this project and calls on all members to join this great initiative. Join WASH United and Take Action:

§  As an individual living in a community or country where people lack access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, you can help by :
– Inviting your friends and family to team up with WASH United
– Informing your friends, colleagues, peers and family about the importance of WASH for health and dignity
– Spreading the word that football superstars like Didier Drogba, Nwankwo Kanu or Stephen Appiah are now Champions for WASH
– Circulating WASH United materials and participating in WASH United Events
– Approaching local and national decision makers and demanding that they increase efforts to ensure WASH for all
– Helping to generate political will at the international level by signing our petitions

§  As an individual living in a community or country where all people enjoy access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, you can help by:
– Inviting your friends and family to team up with WASH United
– Informing  your friends, colleagues, peers and family about the water and sanitation crisis in many parts of the world – and encouraging them to act
– Purchasing the WASH United Team Shirt at our cooperation partner
– Engaging with the Parliamentarian representing your community and/or the Ministry in charge of development cooperation, calling for a stronger focus on WASH in your country’s development cooperation
– Creating political pressure: write to your Member of Parliament and demand vigorous efforts to end the water and sanitation crisis
– Helping to generate political will at the international level and act in solidarity with people lacking access to WASH by signing our petitions

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