RSPH water webinar series 2017: Watery Wednesdays

WaSH and Safe Healthcare

Thu, Apr 6, 2017 8:00 AM AEST

(5th April 11pm BST)

Speaker: Dr Jamie Bartram, Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Water Institute at UNC. 

Chaired by: Dr David Cunliffe, Principal Water Quality Adviser, Public Health Services, SA Health.

WaSH is the collective term for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. All three are necessary for safe health care; and deficiency in any one contributes to disease transmission in settings that are intended to support health.

The medical maximum ‘primum non nocere’ (first do no harm), neatly summarises the responsibility of health professionals yet recent studies demonstrate that even the most basic conditions required for safe health service delivery are missing in a large proportion of health care settings worldwide. The challenges are especially severe in low and middle income countries and remote settings elsewhere where water quality is poor or unreliable and supply intermittent or bunkered.  Different types of settings: hospitals/ maternity clinics/ health clinics/ field hospitals/ dental clinics have different needs and present distinct challenges. The presentation will describe the current understanding of the situation with an emphasis on low and middle income countries; review emerging threats and outline ongoing efforts to tackle these deficiencies and consider practical steps being taken to improve the situation locally and at scale.

This webinar is available for viewing for 48 hours after the live broadcast.



The webinar series is supported by an educational grant from 


Don’t forget, this webinar is part of a series of webinars from the RSPH running throughout 2017. A series of four water webinars from 2016 can be accessed from our RSPH members’ area.

Registration for this presentation is not available at this time.