Making the invisible, visible: Quantifying human experiences with water to improve public health
byANH Academy
Webinar or Seminar
| Environment, Public Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Date and Time
From: 28 November 2023, 17:30
To: 28 November 2023, 18:35
GMT Greenwich Mean Time GMT
Country: United Kingdom
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Sera Young, Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor from Northwestern University will give a Lecture on Quantifying Human Experiences with Water to Improve Public Health. This groundbreaking event promises to be an eye-opener, as Professor Young deconstructs the renowned WISE Scales, a global innovation that has transformed our understanding and measurement of water security, now adopted in over 50 countries.

Join this free lecture in-person at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or online. 

  • Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
  • Time: 17:30 - 18:35 (GMT)


📌 How to join in-person:

Location: Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM

If you're planning to attend the event in person, please take a moment to fill this form by 22 November. 

💻 How to join online:

On the day of the lecture, visit this page and click the 'Join session remotely' button on the right side. Under this button you also have the option to "add to calendar".


About the Lecture:

Problems with water quality and quantity are increasing in frequency and severity throughout the world with major implications for nutrition, health, and wellbeing.  

While high-resolution, globally comparable data have been instrumental in understanding the health impact of various issues like food insecurity, such comprehensive data have been lacking in the context of water. To fill this gap, the Water In Security Experiences (WISE) Scales have been developed. This is a first-cross-country equivalent way of measuring water access and use that has now been used in more than 50 countries.

Professor Sera Young will illuminate how the WISE Scales can be harnessed to estimate the prevalence of water insecurity, guide resource allocation decisions, uncover previously unnoticed contributors to poor health outcomes, and assess the effectiveness of water-related interventions. She will conclude by laying out the evidence to date about how water insecurity shapes poor nutrition, mental health, and ​physical health, and the implications of water insecurity in the face of climate change.​ 


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