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Call for papers: Global Public Health Conference: Kattankulathur India

Mon, 07Oct2013 Comments off

Press Release

Global Public Health Conference GPHCON at SRM University, Kattankulathur

– Call for papers

Last Date: November 30, 2013

  GPHCON 2014

Pre Conference Workshop -Thursday 20th February 2014

Conference – 21-23 February, 2014

Organized by : School of Public Health ,SRM University
Supported by : Distinguished Members of Public Health Associations of India

School of Public Health, III Floor, Medical College Building
SRM University ,SRM Nagar, Kattankulathur
Tamil Nadu-603203, India, Tel- +91-44-27455771

For details:!organising-committe-/c1d94

Greetings from the Organizing Committee -GPHCON2014 It is our privilege to intimate you that School of Public Health SRM University will be organizing Global Public Health Conference in February 21-23, 2014 and the pre-conference workshop is on February 20, 2014. The theme of the conference is “Multi- disciplinary Approaches in Public Health: innovations, practices and Future Strategies” and about 25 sub themes focuses on multi-disciplinary approaches.

The aim of this conference is to bring the public health professionals from various disciplines to a single platform and share their technical expertise for the benefit of the people and the world. If you are working actively with public health systems or practicing public health at any level we invite you to share your rich experience in the conference. Your participation would add great value to the conference and you will certainly enjoy being among the renowned intellectual expertise.

The venue of the conference is SRM University, Near Chennai. SRM University is the first private University in India and has many glorious achievements to its credit. SRM launched the Nano satellite named, SRMSAT in the year 2012: it has been designed by students and faculties of SRM University. The crowning glory for the SRM University is in being the first private University in India to host the 98th Indian Science Congress that was hosted with the theme “Quality Education and Excellence in Scientific Research in Indian Universities” was formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in the year 2010 which was attended by more than 10,400 delegates from India and abroad including six Nobel Laureates has participated.

Keeping the legacy of organizing the large national and international conferences we School of Public Health, SRM University invite your august participation in the conference.


University is one of the top ranking universities in India with over 20,000 students and 1,500 faculties, offering a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in Engineering, Management, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Science and Humanities. SRM University with multiple institutions having been established 28 years ago is one of the largest private Universities in India. Over two and half decades, SRM University has set standards in experimental education and knowledge creation across various fields. Over 600 acres replete with a variety of facilities, State-of-the-art labs, libraries, Wi-Fi, Knowledge centre, 4500 capacity AC auditorium, 100 online smart classrooms and hostels with premium facilities.

SRM University is the first private university in India to launch the Nano satellite named, SRMSAT: it has been designed by students and faculties of SRM University. The design is made robust enough support different payloads and act as Nano Bus for further mission. By this process SRM University would be able to provide qualified and trained scientist and technological manpower in satellite technology. Added to the crowning glory for the SRM University is that the 98th Indian Science Congress was hosted with the theme “Quality Education and Excellence in Scientific Research in Indian Universities”, was formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister in which more than 10,400 delegates from India and abroad including six Nobel Laureates has participated.


Emerging as a School of Excellence in the 6 years of genesis, our staff brings experience in multiple disciplines and have hands on experience in local, national, and international health settings. Our capabilities in research, knowledge and practice have been tested time to time and proved successful..School of Public Health intercepts into many inter related disciplines, which have key elements in common that bring us together. School of Public Health, because of its unique standing is a powerful tool in bring about balance. The School works on “hubs and spokes” model linking many departments that include Medicine, Engineering, Nursing and Management in its manifold to function effectively. Postgraduate program in the School of Public Health is designed for graduates, who aspire to be leaders and professionals in public health, who aspire to reach high-level roles nationally and internationally. Our students come from all parts of India and a few International students from the Far East. They have relevant academic and work experience. Majority of our students have a prior health related degree, and we have students from various disciplines like Arts, Humanities and Engineering. We have Doctors and Public Health Officers nominated from various states and Union Territories.

This program prepares health professionals from a varied range of backgrounds, with knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines, to define, critically assess and resolve public health and nutrition problems. Various fields of study allow students to focus on Indian public health issues and international public health, including nutrition and tropical health.

Theme   “Multi-disciplinary Approaches in Public Health: Innovations, Practices and Future Strategies”

Sub- Theme

  • Public Health Policy,
  • Public Health Education,
  • Pharmacovigilance in Public Health,
  • AYUSH and Public Health, Community Health,
  • Public Health Nursing, Public Health Engineering,
  • Health Analytics, Public Health Ethics and Legalities,
  • Veterinary Public Health, Occupational and Industrial Health,
  • Public Health Promotion and Behaviour Change Communication,
  • Migration Refugees and Urban Public Health, Public Health Nutrition,
  • Hospitality Industry and Public Health, Economics of Public Health,
  • Reproductive and Child Health Management in Public Health,
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Equity Issues in Public Health,
  • Environmental Public Health, Public Health Research ,
  • CSR in Public Health, Role of NGOs in Public Health,
  • Medical Public Health, Public Health Dentistry,
  • Information Technology and Public Health
  • Disaster and Public Health

Abstract Submission

Authors who wish to submit abstract should follow the format for abstract submission that can be downloaded from the website. Abstracts should be written in English. Abstracts that are submitted must NOT have been previously presented in any other conference or published anywhere in any form.

Abstract should not exceed 300 words. It must be prepared in MS Word format. A 12 point font, Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing should be used. Abstracts should be structured one with following sub-headings indicating in bold – Background; Objectives; Methods; Results; Conclusion. Always define abbreviations and acronyms including standard measures. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word the first time it appears. Each abstract must be complete, i.e. it must include all information necessary for its comprehension and not refer to another text.

We encourage applying though online submission; however for the convenience the abstract can be emailed to The submitted abstract will be reviewed by the expert committee and the authors will be notified about the acceptance by Email. If accepted for presentation the selected authors are requested to submit the full paper.

o Deadline for abstract submission – November 30, 2013.
o Last date for submission of full paper – December 31, 2013
o After you complete your submission, you will receive an e-mail that confirms your submission was successfully received.
o Keep a copy of your abstract submission for your records.


1st International Terra Preta Sanitation Conference Aug 2013

Mon, 17Jun2013 1 comment

1st International Terra Preta Sanitation Conference Aug 2013

Location:Hamburg University of Technology. The campus is located in Hamburg-Harburg.

Dates: Wednesday, 28  –  Saturday  31 August 2013


…An analysis of a former civilisation in the Amazon, nowadays Brazil, reveals concepts which enable a highly efficient handling of organic wastes. Terra Preta do Indio is the anthropogenic black soil that was produced by ancient cultures through the conversion of biowaste and faecal matter into long-term fertile soils. These soils have maintained high amounts of organic carbon even several thousand years after they were abandoned. It was recently discovered that around 10% of the originally infertile soils in the Amazon region was converted this way from around 7,000 until 500 years ago. Due to the accumulation of charred biomass and other organic residues, terra preta subsequently formed giving it a deep, distinctly dark and highly fertile soil layer.One of the surprising facts is that this soil is highly productive without adding fertiliser.

Recent research concludes that this culture had a superior sanitation and bio-waste system that was based on source separation of faecal matter, urine and clever additives particularly charcoal dust and treatment steps for the solids resulting in high yielding gardening. Additives included ground charcoal dust while the treatment and smell prevention started with anaerobic lactic-acid fermentation followed by vermicomposting.The generation of new Terra Preta (‘terra preta nova’) based on the safe treatment of human waste could be the basis for sustainable agriculture in the twenty-first century to produce food for billions of people….

Speakers / Sessions

Conference Keynote Dr. Haiko Pieplow (tbc)
Session 1: TP soils, soil fertility, organic farming
Key note from Bruno Glaser or Albrecht von Sydow (Germany) (tbc)

  • T. Theuretzbacher (Austria): Investigation on Terra Preta like products on the german-Austrian market
  • N. Andreev (Moldava): The effect of terra preta like substrate on germination and shoot growth of radish and parsley
  • H. Factura (Philippines): Addressing Poor Sanitation and Generating Added Values through Terra Preta Sanitation
  • B. Pelivanoski (Germany): Terra Pellet – an organic fertilizer inspired by terra preta

Session 2: TPS Applications, Quality of products, hygienic parameter, legislation, certification
Keynote presentation Prof. Srikanth Mutnuri (India) (tbc): Terra Preta as an Alternative for the Management of Sludge from Waste Water Treatment Plant

  • S. Böttger (Germany): Terra Preta – production from sewage sludges of decentralised wastewater systems
  • M. Stöckl (Germany): Vermicomposting of fecal matter and organic waste – a quality assessment of products
  • D. Meier Kohlstock (Germany): The integration of Terra Preta Sanitation in European nutrient cycles – Options for alternative policies and economies

Session 3: Terra Preta Sanitation: toilet systems and designs / Logistic and operation / practical examples
Keynote speech Prof. Charlotte de Fraiture (Netherlands) (tbc)

  • R. Wagner (Germany): New challenges of resource management in the Botanic Garden Berlin by producing and applying biochar substrates
  • R. Kuipers (Netherlands): A socio-economic assessment of urine separation, with a reflection on the possibilities for Terra Preta Sanitation, for the recycling of nutrients to rural agriculture in the Philippines
  • M. Bulbo (Ethiopia): TP application in Ethiopia
  • R. Wolf (Germany): Application of Fermented Urine for build up of Terra Preta Humus in a Permaculture Park and Social Impact on the Community Involved

Session 4: Carbon composting of biowaste and excreta/Climate farming / wood gas technology for energy and char coal production / Pyrolysis vs. hydrothermal carbonization
Keynote presentation Prof. Zifu Li (China) (tbc): Energy balance analysis on the pyrolysis process of animal manure
T. Voss (Germany): Wood gasification in parallel flow fixbed gasifieres for combined energy and charcoal production – experiences from six years of operation (abstact follows)

  • C. vom Eyser (Germany): Product quality of ç from sewage sludge in terms of micropollutants
  • E. Someus (Sweden): Reducing mineral fertilisers and chemicals use in agriculture by recycling treated organic waste as compost and bio-char products
  • J. Fingas (Germany): Climate farming – Practical experience from sub-Saharan Afrika

Session 5: Microbiology, sanitization and lactic acid fermentation
Keynote presentation Dr. Gina Itchon (Philippines): The Effectivity of the Terra Preta Sanitation (TPS) Process in the Elimination of Parasite Eggs in Fecal Matter: A Field Trial of TPS in Mindanao, Philippines

  • A. Yemaneh (Germany/Ethiopia): Investigation of Low-Cost Sugar Supplement for Lactic Acid Fermentation of Human Excreta in Terra Preta Sanitation System
  • A. Febriana (Indonesia): Faeces Treatment By Lactofermentation Process Based On Terra Preta Sanitation System Concept
  • A. Walter (Austria): Microbial communities in charcoal and microbe amended composts
  • F. Scheinemann (Germany): Sanitation and conservation of nutrients in cattle manure and sewage sludge by anerobic fermentation

Click here to go to the conference website

Organisation Committee

Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection at TUHH
GFEU e. V.


Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics at TUHH
German WASH Network

all details are from their site

First Water Integrity Forum: 5 – 7 June 2013

Thu, 11Apr2013 Comments off


“…Extend the base – Increase the pace”

“…To address the need for extending the reach of water integrity action…”

Organized by:



  • from 5 – 7 June 2013.

The main objectives of the forum are:

  1.  Take stock of progress in addressing corruption issues in the water sector
  2. Share knowledge, approaches and experiences
  3. Build alliances to address the integrity challenges in the water sector;

The forum will bring together co-convening partners and various important stakeholders such as policy makers/regulators, investors, private sector, NGOs and other water professionals from different continents and with different backgrounds. They will share theories, approaches, cases, tools, lessons, views and ideas about improving water integrity. The forum will last 2,5 days with sessions, working groups, round-tables and an open-space. The outcomes of the Forum will the basis of a publication on Water Integrity, and will feed into other processes and events on the road to the World Water Forum in 2015.

 key work stream:


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second edition of the Journal on Gender and Water Published

Wed, 27Mar2013 Comments off

Quick news

wH2O is pleased to announce that our second edition of the Journal on Gender and Water has been published!  It is currently available in limited print edition; email wH2O@sas.upenn.eduif you’re interested in receiving print copies.  You can also check out the online version on our website.  The journal will be showcased at the “Leading Beyond the Burden: Gender and Water Conference” on April 9, 2013 at the Wharton School.  We hope you will join us; to see the agenda and to register for the event, please click here.
Submissions for the third issue are due by May 15, 2013, and you can see [their] submissions guidelines here.  Please note that in contrast to prior years, [they] now only accept fully written papers for review. … source email from group

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”


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36th WEDC International Conference – Call for papers and other contributions – Sanitation and Hygiene

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Call for papers and other contributions for the conference titled:

Sanitation and Hygiene Services in an Uncertain Environment


Deadline for initial submissions: 15 February 2013

The 36th WEDC International Conference welcomes contributions on any aspect of WASH in low- and middle-income countries, from policies
for community water resources management to practical evaluation of hand-washing promotion. The conference is for anybody working with the development and emergency WASH sectors, from policy to practice, including field officers, project managers, utility planners, researchers, scientists, engineers, social scientists, trainers, knowledge managers and advocacy campaigners. Organizations represented may be national or international NGOs, local or national governments, consultants, contractors, UN and other multilateral organizations, universities, resource centres, regulators or equipment suppliers. From the big global issues, to local challenges, this is a forum for sharing current knowledge and debating future options.
Download the Call for Papers Details here:

Submit your paper or poster through My WEDC:

Conference overview

36th WEDC International Conference is a comprehensive learning event, which provides continued professional development for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector professionals.

Registration Starts on Sunday June 30 2013 with paper presentations starting July 1

A three-day conference programme initially facilitates the sharing of current knowledge and experiences, through presentations and debate of peer-reviewed content. July 1st – 3rd

This is followed by a two-day capacity development programme, comprising quality-assured workshops designed to develop skills and knowledge in hot topic areas, which have been jointly identified with sector stakeholders. July 4th – 5th

For full details visit:

The Water, Engineering and Development Centre WELDC is one of the world’s leading education and research institutes for developing knowledge and capacity in water and sanitation for sustainable development and emergency relief. more….

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