Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Opportunities from COVID-19 and Moving Forward 

Day 2 workshops dive deeper into themes explored on Day 1 to focus on how to build on the experience of adapting technology and services in low bandwidth and lower-resourced settings gained during the COVID-19 pandemic to build more interconnected and integrated management programs and services. 


08:00 AM – 10:00 AM (EDT): Adapting In-Person WASH and Nutrition Services During COVID-19: What Did We Learn, What New Practices Are Here to Stay, and How Do We Sustain Improved Adaptations?

Lead: CORE Group WASH and Health Interest Group and Nutrition Working Group

Shelley Walton, MPH, RD, Research Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

Charlotte Block, MS, RDTechnical Specialist, Nutrition &|

Benjamin Masila  – WASH Expert| M&E Professional  

Linda Shaker Berbari PhD | IFE Core Group Facilitator | Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN)

Case Study Speaker: Fredrick Nyambare, Leader, Africa Partnerships, SATO at LIXIL (

Panelist: Om Prasad Gautam, Global Hygiene Lead, WaterAid,  (

Overview: The COVID-19 pandemic is undermining nutrition and WASH across the world, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). As a community we have realized that we can not do business as usual. There have been major positive adaptations to in-person WASH and nutrition services and we have learned a tremendous amount. How do we sustain these adaptations that are here to stay? 

Session Objectives:

Summarize the effects of the pandemic on the nutrition and WASH communities 

Describe real examples of adaptations to in-person services

Identify any changes in staff responsibilities, capacity-strengthening, program cycles

Through breakout groups, develop recommendations on the adaptations that should remain and how to sustain those adaptations

10:15 AM – 12:15 PM (EDT): How to Leverage One Health and Telehealth to Make Disease Management Programs Responsive in the Time of COVID-19  

Leads: NCDs and One Health Interest Groups

Part 1


Dr. Arti Patel Varanasi, President & CEO, Advancing Synergy


Dr. Patricia N. Mechael, HealthEnabled 

Dr. Neal David, Physician, Metropolitan Health Services, Western Cape Department of Health, Capetown, South Africa

Mary Pittaway, Global Clinical Advisor, Special Olympics International and Affiliate Faculty, University of Montana

Overview: Telehealth has emerged as the panacea to accessing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a unique opportunity to leverage the learnings from telehealth implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic to build more connected and integrated noncommunicable disease management programs and stronger health systems. This workshop will focus on the progress made in global health related to noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention and management, with special attention to leveraging telehealth to advance progress. At the core of the session is answering the questions: What is telehealth and how can telehealth be used in my programs?  

Session Objectives:  

  • Define telehealth in the context of preventing, controlling, and managing NCDs.   
  • Explore options for incorporating telehealth into existing and new programs for preventing, controlling, and managing NCDs.   
  • Identify at least two approaches to leveraging telehealth for your NCD program.  

Part 2


Dr. Kirk Dearden, Senior Technical Advisor, Nutrition and WASH, IMA/Corus International

Rob Salerno, Director, Global Health Security, DAI 


Michel Dione, Senior Scientist, Animal Health, International Livestock Research Institute

Laura Kwong, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment 

George Lueddeke, Independent Consultant, Consultant at GRL Education Consulting

Overview: Increasingly, policy makers, implementers, and researchers understand the link between human and animal health and recognize that joint, interdisciplinary action is needed to address the health needs of both humans and animals. The One Health Initiative grew from this recognition and seeks to elucidate the interdependence of humans, animals, and the ecosystem and address the challenges faced when humans and animals are in direct and frequent contact, as is the case in many LMICs.  

One Health has become increasingly relevant with the advent of COVID-19 (though a One Health perspective is critical to addressing smaller disease outbreaks as well). At the same time, such disease outbreaks—whether they reach the level of pandemic or not—affect our collective ability to implement programs that benefit humans, animals, and the environment. Thus, innovative strategies are needed. 

A One Health approach to designing and implementing programs and policies across multiple sectors will likely be relevant to other area public health activities and outcomes as well.

Session Objectives:  

  • Understand how One Health programs can contribute to better health outcomes.  
  • Hear ways others have incorporated One Health into program design and planning.  
  • Find out how others have addressed one health programming and research needs in the context of COVID.
  • Brainstorm ideas session participants can pursue to incorporate One Health into existing and upcoming programs.   
  • Hear about and discuss lessons learned during the pandemic: Tips and traps.