Presentations from Nutrition and WaSH Integration, Research and Future Challenges now available

Issued 4 June 2015

Dr. Sean Farren, Prof. Robert Chambers, Jacinta Greene, Nadine Ferris-France, Dr. Padraig Carmody

On Tuesday 19 May 2015, the Development Studies Association Ireland, Irish Aid and the Irish Forum for Global Health were delighted to host this half day seminar with keynote address from eminent academic, practitioner and WASH advocate, Prof. Robert Chambers, Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

The seminar brought together academics, practitioners and policy makers, working in the areas of nutrition and WASH, two principle elements of Primary Health Care, to share a common understanding of the challenges faced in integrating these programmes, highlight the research gaps in these areas and stimulate collective action and look at how an integrative approach can prevent diarrheal disease and under-nutrition and improve health outcomes.

A report of the seminar, including key points and learnings are avilable on the DSA Ireland Blog - 'Shit Stunts: Refocusing Priorities in Nutrition and WaSH' by Siobhan Nestor, clinical nutritionist and active member of the Joint DSA Ireland / IFGH Child Health, and Nutrition Groups. 

Presentations from this seminar are now available as follows:

Keynote Address:

'WASH, Nutrition and Community-Led Total Sanitation: Revolutions in Insight and Action'

Prof. Robert Chambers (Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies)

A link to Prof. Chambers' working paper on 'Re-framing Undernutrition: Faecally-Transmitted Infections and the 5 As (IDS Working Paper 450)', which links in with this theme is also available. 

'WASH and Nutrition – The Evidence Gap and other Environmental Linkages to Nutrition'

Niall Roche (WASH/Environmental Health Consultant)

'How to better link WASH and Nutrition Programmes: – experiences from Concern Worldwide'.

Kate Golden, Concern Worldwide

Linking WASH and Nutrition - Irish Aid perspectives

Mags Gaynor, Irish Aid


For further information on the Nutrition Study Group, please contact the Nutrition Study Group Convenor, Jacinta Greene at


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