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About WASH 2018

Welcome to the 3rd Asian Symposium on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH 2018), which will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2, 2018 at the Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan. WASH 2018 is being partnered is association with the 2nd Conference on Social Responsibility in Asia (COSRA 2018) as well as the International Conference on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability (ICOHS 2018).

This is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

About WASH 2018

Water, declared a basic human right essential to the enjoyment of life and all other human rights by the UN, is inextricably linked to a nation’s health, economy and environment, yet today over 780 million people lack access to clean water and nearly 1.9 billion lack adequate sanitation. The stark contrast between developed and developing nations amplifies the current water and sanitation crisis. Multiple factors, most notably poverty, inequality and unequal power relationships, place developing regions like sub-Saharan Africa and Southern and Eastern Asia in a struggle for survival. Furthermore, social and environmental challenges like rapid urbanization, climate change, increasing agriculture water consumption, rising pollution levels, and the depletion of water, exacerbate the problem and intensify the competition for available water.

In addition to the lack of safe and potable water, inadequate access to improved sanitation facilities combined with poor hygienic practices contributes to impoverishment and spawns devastating health effects, especially in rural areas and urban slums in developing countries. Without effective sanitation systems, untreated human waste contaminates ground water, compromises other water supplies, and allows infections and diseases to spread. Over 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year as a result of diarrheal disease, and in India alone, approximately 600,000 children fall victim to diarrhea or pneumonia annually as a result of toxic water and poor hygiene. Regrettably, many of these incidents are preventable by using clean water technologies such as connections to public sewers or septic systems, toilets and latrines, and basic hygiene habits like hand washing with soap at critical times.

Without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation, the well-being of the human race is threatened, particularly in developing countries.   As the world population increases, so does the demand for water. The technologies exist to rectify the water crisis, but progress is hampered by the lack of infrastructural investment by both the private and public sectors. Decision-makers at all levels must be involved to ensure the lives and dignity of the millions who depend on the rest of the world to intervene on their behalf.

With the theme Global Challenges: Water and Health, this symposium will focus on food safety, public health nursing, sustainable development, waste management, cultural and societal impacts on health and educating communities on the importance of improving access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. It is hoped that today’s water crisis can be met with viable global solutions. The Final Deadline for Submissions is Friday, August 17, 2018.

WASH 2018 Submission Application

  • Food Safety
  • Disaster Management
  • Health, Culture and Society
  • Nursing and Public Health
  • Sustainable Development
  • Waste Management
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Other Areas (please specify)

 

WASH 2018 Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

WASH 2018 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, health policy administrators, public health and nursing professionals, social workers, civil and waste management engineers, humanitarian aid workers, supporters of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and others working, studying or concerned with water and health related issues.

Plan Your Attendance

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Program Committee

  • Takayuki YamadaHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Takayuki Yamada
    Chairperson,
    INTESDA, Japan

    Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

  • Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Program Director, INTESDA,
    Japan

    Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

  • Gary SmithHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Gary Smith
    Media and Technology Director, INTESDA,
    Japan
  • Gary Smith is an environmental and wildlife photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. His current film project is a documentary on the Seven Summits. The filming has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its affect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term affects of melting glaciers and polar ice caps. Gary holds degrees in mass communication, media arts and Japanese from Southern Illinois University, USA. His academic interests include environmental studies, ICT and photography.

Review Committee

WASH 2018 is an international, peer-reviewed conference. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the conference. Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the official proceedings, which is published in electronic format shortly after the symposium.