July 25 – Community-based approaches to meeting the basic WASH needs of families affected by HIV

Invitation – POOP AND PEOPLE/TAPS AND TOILETS: COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACHES TO MEETING THE MOST BASIC WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE NEEDS OF FAMILIES AFFECTED BY HIV

  • International AIDS Conference (You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend the Global Village sessions)
  • Global Village Session Room 2
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2012
  • 16:30 – 18:00
  • Washington Convention Center
  • PDF version of the invitation

Diarrheal diseases in people living with HIV and AIDS cause significant morbidity and mortality, interfering with the absorption of ARVs and essential nutrients. Yet this and other opportunistic infections can be mitigated with good hygiene practices and access to sufficient and sustainable sources of safe drinking water.

This session will identify critical opportunities for improved integration of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services at clinical and community levels, with home-based care, orphans and vulnerable children, behavior change, nutrition, and ART programs. Panelists will share experiences from the WASH sector of programmatic approaches and key partnerships that can enhance health outcomes for people infected with and affected by HIV, and will consider potential impacts of inclusive WASH programs on decreasing stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV.

Speakers:

  • Merri Weinger, USAID
  • Joe Brown, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Mahider Tesfu, WaterAid in Ethiopia and Lisa Schechtman, WaterAid in America
  • Julia Rosenbaum and Renuka Bery, USAID’s WASHplus Project (FHI360)
  • Katharine McHugh, Population Services International
  • Innocent Mofolo, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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