The Asian Symposium on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, 2020 in Hiroshima, Japan »
About WASH 2020
We welcome you to join us in Osaka, Japan on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, 2020 for the 5th Asian Symposium on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH 2020), to be held at the Osaka Corona Hotel in Osaka City, Japan. This event is being organized alongside the 7th Asian Symposium on Healthcare Without Borders (HWB 2020).
WASH 2020 and HWB are convened by INTESDA in affiliation with the the Parasitic Disease Research Center, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand and the Translational Medicine Program Institute of Medicine at Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand.
WASH 2020 will coincide with the cherry blossom viewing period around Osaka. In Japanese culture and society, spring is restart of life, and the blooming cherry blossoms is its symbol. It is the perfect time for ‘hanami’ celebrations around the city where cherry blossoms can be viewed and admired. Hanami is an important ritual in Japanese culture dating back hundreds of years. It is customary for people to gather in parks and spread tarps beneath the cherry trees, admiring the splendor of the blossoms, while eating, drinking, singing and enjoying time with family and friends. The most popular spots for hanami get crowded with food and drink stalls, and sometimes there are festivals and events of all kinds. Plus, hanami in Osaka can be enjoyed not only during daytime, but also at night, when the cherry trees are lit up, which makes hanami even more beautiful.
This is a small, international, peer-reviewed symposium 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 2020
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 Public Health and WASH, 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.
- Access to Clean Water
- Disaster Management
- Education for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
- Food Safety and Food Science
- Health, Culture and Society
- Public Health and WASH Promotion
- Sustainable Development
- Toilets, Sanitation and Hygiene
- Waste Management
- Waterborne Diseases
- Other Areas (please specify)
Who Should Attend
WASH 2020 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, health policy administrators, public health professionals, nurses, social workers, disaster 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
- Host Organizer Co-Chairperson
Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also served as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2018 he organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia.
- Host Organizer Co-Chairperson
Executive Director, INTESDA,
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.
- Host Organizer Co-Chairperson
Media and Technology Director, INTESDA,
- 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.
WASH 2020 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.
Chairs and Speakers
Nathkapach Rattanapitoon, Ph.D., Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Dr. Rattanapitoon is a leading researcher in the fight against Liver Fluke — a Neglected Tropical Disease, which kills more than 20,000 people each year in Thailand. He is a faculty member in the Institute of Medicine at Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. His research interests include: Parasitology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Bioinformatics, Genetics and Gastroenterology. He earned his doctoral degree in Biomedical Science, his MSc in Medical Parasitology and BSc in Public Health at Khon Kaen University in Thailand and BSc in Occupational Health at Sukhotai Thammathirath Open University in Thailand.
Soraya Schawanya Rattanapitoon, M.D., FCFP
Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University
of Technology, Thailand
Dr. Soraya Schawanya Rattanapitoon serves as an Associate Professor and is the Chair of the Department Research Unit in the Department of Family Medicine in the Institute of Medicine of Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. She earned her M.D. (General Practice) from the Faculty of Medicine at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. In addition, she holds a Fellowship (FCFP) in Family Medicine from The Royal College of Family Physician of Thailand. Dr. Kaewpitoon has earned multiple certificates from some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world, including a Certificate in Applied Epidemiology from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; a Certificate in Global Health: A Biosocial Perspective from Harvard University, USA; and a Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.
Her research interests include, but are not limited to, Epidemiology and Public Health, Global Health, Behavioral Medicine, Epidemiology, Medical Education, Family Medicine, Opisthorchiasis, Preventive Medicine, Health Promotion, Gastroenterology, Cholangiocarcinoma, Health Services Research, Incidence, Public Health, Disease Control and E-Learning for Epidemiology & Statistics.
- Janita Chau, R.N., B.N., M.Phil., Ph.D., The Nethersole School of Nursing, Assistant Dean (Alumni Affairs), Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Ikuko Sobue, Ph.D., Institute of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Integrated Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan
- Khaled K. Al Dossari, M.D., Vice Dean for Quality & Development, College of Medicine, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
- Vorapoj Promasatayaprot, Ph.D. (Health System Development), Faculty of Public Health, Mahasarakham University, Thailand
- Jun Norkaew, Ph.D., Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand
- Porntip Nimkuntod, MD (Cardiology), Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
- Nathkapach Rattanapitoon, Ph.D., Faculty of Public Health, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
- Soraya Schawanya Rattanapitoon, M.D., Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand