Sanitation and Health

IWA & WHO Sanitation, Health

Target Audience

WASH practitioners of all levels and backgrounds


Adequate sanitation, together with good hygiene and safe water, are fundamental to good health and as well as social and economic development, yet progress on sanitation has been too slow and evidence shows that health impacts from sanitation interventions can be greatly improved. 2.6 billion people in the world lack adequate sanitation, contributing to about 10% of the global disease burden, mainly diarrhoeal diseases.

Considering the impact of the situation, the Sustainable Development Goal target 6.2 calls for adequate and equitable sanitation for all. The target is tracked with the indicator of “safely managed sanitation services”.

To better understand the linkages between sanitation and health, IWA together with WHO is organizing an introductory webinar to highlight the guidelines on Sanitation and Health which provides guidance for international, national and local sanitation policies and programme actions.

Participating in the Webinar are representatives from the Non-Sewered Sanitation (NSS) and Health-Related Water Microbiology Specialist Groups under IWA. It will be moderated by the Director of The NC State Global WaSH Cluster. Case studies showing different perspectives on the use of the guidelines from Water for People and Water and Health Pty Ltd will also be shared.

Learning Objectives

1. Locate the guidelines’ key recommendations and associated guidance and gain an appreciation for the status of the evidence underpinning the guidelines.
2. Identify some of the guidelines’ key recommendations relevant for their work
3. Understand how they can use the guidelines recommendations and guidance within their work




  • Francis de los Reyes, Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and Associate Faculty of Microbiology, North Carolina State University
  • Kate Medlicott, Sanitation Team Leader WHO, Geneva
  • Susan Petterson, Director, Water & Health Pty Ltd and Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Griffith University
  • Cate Nimanya, Country Director at Water For People, Uganda