Climate change and water: There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable engineering.

Weston Library, Oxford

Water and sanitation engineering has delivered major public health gains, reducing the spread of typhoid and other diarrhoeal diseases. Weather has a strong impact on the ability of water and sanitation systems to deliver the expected health benefits. Many outbreaks in recent decades across Europe and North America have been attributed to meteorological events, while outbreaks associated with droughts and floods continue to make the headlines internationally.  With climate change we expect to experience more extreme and more variable weather which will challenge our water and sanitation systems.

Drawing on work across Africa and Asia, Associate Professor Katrina Charles, co-director of the REACH programme, will discuss the emerging challenge to sustaining and advancing progress through engineering and management to reduce the diarrhoeal disease burden in a changing climate.  

Time: 17:30-18:30


Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

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