8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum in Berlin

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8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum in Berlin

Free ticket registration here:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/8th-emergency-env...stration-39327296001

Seems like an interesting event that is even supported by SuSanA.

As I will be most likely in near Berlin that time any ways, I will probably join this meeting. Anyone else planning to go?

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Re: 8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum in Berlin, anyone going?

Hi Kris,
Your question seems to have been overlooked so I am bringing it back up to the top of the pile.
The event that you mentioned has these details:

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8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Thursday, 12 April 2018 at 09:00 - Friday, 13 April 2018 at 17:00 (BST)
Location: Berlin, Germany

The informal Emergency Interagency WASH Group (ACF, Care, ICRC, IFRC, IRC, Oxfam, MSF, UNHCR, and UNICEF) is delighted to invite you to attend and submit research and learning abstracts for the 8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum (EEHF).
The event will be hosted by the German Toilet Association with support from SuSanA. The scientific review process and agenda will be supported by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The aim of the 2018 EEHF is:
To share new research and learning
To discuss new approaches and innovation in the sector
To bridge silos between WASH and other humanitarian sectors
To identify research gaps in the emergency environmental health sector

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If it's supported by SuSanA then it would be nice to hear more about it here on the forum.

I think there'll be SuSanA members from GTO and from Oxfam going (Esther?).

It's always fun to meet up with people face to face whom you only know from their online presence so far, so I hope you'll get to meet a few fellow SuSanA members there!

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Re: 8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum in Berlin, anyone going?

Dear Kris,

GTO will be there on behalf of SuSanA and we are thinking of having a working group 8 meeting although it hasn't been confirmed yet.
Esther will share more updates soon.

Best,
Shobana

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Re: 8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum in Berlin, anyone going?

Hi,

Yes we are planning a WG8 meeting but it will most likely be an informal catchup in a local bar or restaurant. Details will be mailed out on the WG8 mailing list and we will set up a post here on the forum to keep anyone who is interested updated.

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Re: 8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum in Berlin - Presentations are now available for download

Dear all,

The presentations as well as the posters from the 8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum in Berlin are now available for download in SuSanA library. Here is the link to the library entry: www.susana.org/en/knowledge-hub/resource...library/details/3199

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Re: 8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum in Berlin - Presentations are now available for download

Final report is now available here:

www.shareresearch.org/research/8th-emerg...h-forum-event-report

All in all an interesting meeting & it was nice to meet some of you in person (again) :)

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Re: 8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum in Berlin - Presentations are now available for download

Thanks for posting the final report here, Kris.

I copy a section from the executive summary:

With increasing numbers of vulnerable populations- both politically and environmentallythere
is a need for effective use of interventions for greater impact the health of those
affected. The shortfalls in humanitarian assistance funding demand efficient and well
considered programmes. The EEHF highlights the need for more evidence-based
programming in the WASH sector and the important relationship between practitioners,
academia and donors.
In conclusion, there is a need:
 To establish rigorous but feasible research methodologies for emergency settings;
 To record, report and disseminate response experience to the humanitarian audience;
 To build the capacity of local research partners and nations in crises settings;
 To generate research questions at a practice, policy and research level for
humanitarian WASH;
 To build new partnerships with donors, practitioners and researchers for research
delivery.


This all sounds pretty similar to the "normal" WASH work, i.e. non emergency settings.

For me as a layperson with regards to humanitarian work, what would you say are the main differences between "emergency environmental health" and "normal environmental health"? I can think of these factors in emergency situations:
- Things have to happen much faster
- There is more media attention (which could be a good thing, right?)
- There is more money available from external funds (which is good but perhaps also bad if it gets wasted)
- There is less emphasis on a longer-term management structure.
- The people involved on the ground in implementing have less time to do research or to document what was done or to read other people's reports or engage e.g. on this discussion forum.

When you attended this forum, what were the main differences that you observed? Are the "players" much different, i.e. different people attending compared to non-emergency sanitation events? Is the "culture" of debate and dissemination any different?

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Elisabeth

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