The World Health Organization (WHO) recently developed and launched its first comprehensive guidelines on sanitation and health, filling a critical gap in authoritative health-based guidance on sanitation. The new guidelines summarize the evidence on the effectiveness of sanitation interventions and provide a framework for health-protecting sanitation, covering policy and governance measures, implementation of sanitation technologies, systems and behavioural interventions, risk-based management, and monitoring approaches.

On the World Toilet Day, celebrated each year on 19 November, WHO, SuSanA (Sustainable Sanitation Alliance) and UN-Water World Toilet Day Task Force will host an open webinar to discuss the new guidelines, the recommendations provided, the key insights, and the role of the health sector. The webinar is open to anyone, please register below.

Afterwards, the discussion will continue on the SuSanA Forum in the format of a Thematic Discussion Series (TDS). SuSanA’s Thematic Discussion Series engage actors from interconnected areas of expertise in discussions focused on a specific theme and limited to 2-4 weeks. The discussions are guided by experts, who will respond to and lead the discussion. The follow-up discussion of this webinar will be led by Sophie Boisson from WHO, with inputs from other authors of the guidelines. A synthesis report of the online discussion will be generated that improve knowledge management and help practitioners move forward in their field.




14: 30 Welcome by Carlos Carrion-Crespo, ILO representing the UN-Water World Toilet Day Task Force

14: 35 Overview intro – Bruce Gordon, WHO

14: 40 Technical overview presentation by Kate Medlicott and Sophie Boisson, WHO

  • Highlights
  • Guidelines overview

15:00 Q&A – Moderated by Carlos Carrion-Crespo, ILO, representing the UN-Water World Toilet Day Task Force

15:30 Closing remarks by Carlos Carrion-Crespo, ILO representing the UN-Water World Toilet Day Task Force and invitation to follow-up discussion on the SuSanA Forum by Franziska Volk (SuSanA Secretariat)



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