Session 1 – “Water and Health”


Climate change affects major social and environmental determinants of health, such as availability and quality of drinking water, ecosystems, agriculture and food production, economic development and migration. As the frequency and intensity of floods and droughts will increase, water availability for human consumption and agricultural production will be affected alike. Several water-borne pathogens thrive with warmer temperatures, which can contribute to an increase in the incidence. Improving the resilience of communities towards the direct and indirect water-related climate change effects can be seen as requirement to enable the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

Keywords: Water safety, sustainable development goal


  • Overview on water-related direct and indirect effects of climate change on health
  • Identification of the linkages between safe water and the sustainable development goals

Session Plan

The keynote will address the aspects of water safety in the light of health and climate change. The session will cover presentations addressing the direct and indirect effects of climate change on health in the context of water provision. (ten minute slot followed by five minute discussion each). The session finalizes with a round table discussing the complex interactions of climate change effects on health and well-being.

Moderator: Andrea Rechenburg

Thematic Keynote

Diener, Arnt & Kendrovski, Vladimir | World Health Organization

Oral Presentations

Cardona Benavides, Antonio | Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Water and Health Security in the Altiplano Mexicano (110)

Ehumadu, Chikodi | University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Evaluation of Water Quality during Storage and Distribution in Southwestern Nigeria (196)

Rahman, Mofizur | International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
Salinisation: A Social Ecological Issue in the Bengal Delta (302)

Poster Presentations

Üsame, Kasalak | TH Köln, Germany
Would You Like to Drink “Toilet to Tap“ Water? (329)

Rasheduzzaman, Md | Climate Change Lab, Department of Civil Engineering, Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST)
Climate Change and Human Health: Threats and Adaptation Strategies in Southwestern Bangladesh (340)

Pangaribowo, Evita | Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
Health of Indigenous People in Papua: The Role of Water and Sanitation Infrastructure (304)

Kudom, Andreas | University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Water Security and Potential Outbreak of Zika Virus in Cape Coast, Ghana (389)

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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    Room: Berlin

    Organized by Institute for Hygiene and Public Health
    University of Bonn

Andrea Rechenburg

Session Organizor

Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, University of Bonn

Arnt Diener

Keynote Speaker

World Health Organization | Drinking-water advisor

Vladimir Kendrovski

Keynote Speaker

World Health Organization | Technical officer, Climate change and health

Event Timeslots (1)

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Room: Berlin

Organized by Institute for Hygiene and Public Health
University of Bonn