Society for International Development - Mitigating Poor Urban Sanitation and Health Impacts, December 3, 2020


Every year, the U.N. and development partners call for increased awareness to address the challenges associated with sanitation services delivery through World Toilet Day. In 2020, World Toilet Day focuses on “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change” to draw attention to how climate change impacts like floods can negatively affect sanitation management infrastructure and services, and in turn, threaten the release of poorly-treated or untreated waste that contributes to diseases and malnutrition via enteropathy.

Addressing these challenges requires continuous advocacy, coordinated urban planning, strategic policymaking, and investments in infrastructure and service delivery that link sanitation and health. The City Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) planning approach is an emerging effort to recognize the complexities and varied solutions that urban policymakers and practitioners are applying to advance sustainable sanitation management, benefitting public health. The CWIS planning process also presents an opportunity to determine the risks from climate change impacts in sanitation management.

Through selected presentations and moderated panel discussion, speakers will address field-based lessons and practices around sanitation management awareness-raising, planning, and service delivery in urban areas that take health-related perspectives into account and leverage efforts of public health stakeholders to reduce disease transmission.


  • Elizabeth (Liz) Jordan - Water and Sanitation Specialist, USAID Center for Water Security, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Kate Medlicott - Team Leader, Sanitation, World Health Organization
  • Dennis Mwanza - Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services (WASH) Advisor, RTI Internationa
  • Laurence Yese - Institutional and Policy Development Specialist, RTI International
Event Date(s)