The Water Institute is one of several initiatives begun at the Gillings School of Global Public Health to address the School's four areas of special focus: global health, health disparities, obesity, and water. Through research, the Water Institute works to address this last issue, identifying problems and promoting initiatives that will increase access to clean water around the world, improve sanitation systems, and help prevent the spread of deadly waterborne illnesses. According to research done by the Institute, 28% of the world's population currently uses unsafe water, and there are many steps that can be taken to improve the situation worldwide.
Above left, Bai Mass Taal, the Executive Secretary of the African Ministers' Council on Water, speaks at the Institute's 2012 Water and Health Conference. On the right, Dr. Mark Elliott presents a workshop on the future of urban water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH).