Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions, and Preventive Measures

 “Meeting the need for safe water and sanitation coupled with protection of the environment and prevention of pollutants is essential to improve the health and living conditions of billions of people -- to diminish the incidence of diseases while improving education and economic well-being and elevating billions out of vicious cycles of poverty.” Dr. Jens Aagaard-Hansen and Janine M. H. Selendy from the Introduction to the book.

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Written by 59 authorities from various related specialties, this book presents conditions responsible for water and sanitation-related diseases, the pathogens and their biology, morbidity and mortality resulting from lack of safe water and sanitation, distribution of these diseases, and the conditions that must be met to reduce or eradicate them. Preventive measures and solutions are presented throughout. This book is an essential resource for all graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and professionals in infectious disease, public health and medicine, chemical and environmental engineering, and international affairs.

Recognizing the consequences of climate change now evident and that need to be anticipated in order to minimize foreseeable and unforeseen consequences, climate change is factored into the 2nd Edition’s updated and revised chapters and new chapters. 

The new edition is entitled "Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Changing Environment: Challenges, Interventions and Preventive Measures."

Key features:

·       Provides a comprehensive understanding of the interconnection among many factors related to water-related diseases, sanitation and hygiene

·       Brings together experts from various specialties to address each area covered and to assist in bringing about the understanding of those interconnections

·       Provides examples of successful interventions with knowledge about how they were brought about so that information can be use to replicate the initiative in full or in part

·       Provides an appreciation of the concerns and solutions addressed from an international perspective with high and low technological solutions

 ·       Provides insight into the international dimension of these concerns and how they can be best addressed


Supplementary Material including more than 55 articles is at:


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The DVDs that accompany the book, “Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions, and Preventive Measures,” a Wiley-Blackwell collaboration with Horizon International, are designed for use as teaching tools in classrooms and communities, by organizations, researchers and policy makers.  The 4 hours of multimedia DVDs contain:

·         16 videos and 4 short-clip videos. For example, videos on water treatment and safe storage, successful household-centered sanitation systems, measures to prevent water pollution, dengue, cholera, schistosomiasis and trachoma, and the successful effort leading to the eradication Guinea worm disease.

·         525 illustrations, tables, and maps from the text.

·         Chapter abstracts written for the DVDs

·       Additional text content and images not found in the book. Click here to go to the DVD flier.



"In 2010, the United Nations recognised the human right to water and sanitation. This was a major achievement and a huge step forward in the fight to prevent waterborne disease. Janine Selendy has produced a critical tool to help us take the next step forward in understanding the nature and causes of water and sanitation related diseases and in finding real solutions. The human right to water and sanitation is only as good as its implementation. This book leads the way." (Maude Barlow, Senior advisor on water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly 2008-09, January 2012)

“This is a truly interdisciplinary book and reflects really well the need to work across scientific boundaries, and I think shows what can be achieved through collaboration.”  (Society for General Microbiology, 15 May 2012).

The book is certainly an excellent resource for anyone interested in health in developing countries. Best wishes with the next steps on the supplementary material and all your efforts.” (Wafaie Fawzi, Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences, and Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Global Health, and Chair, Department of Global Health  and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, 28 September 2012)

 “…it is wonderful how much you have included and how valuable this should be to people working in so many disciplines. And I loved your DVDs---great stories and well produced.  Most of all, I think people all over the world will be able to relate to them.”  (David Ellis, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Museum of Science, Boston)

 "This book will promote integrated studies/research on water, sanitation-related diseases and the environment and will contribute to theoretical and practical respects of interventions and preventive measures, and therefore lead to a better life quality - for millions." (Yaqian Zhao, 2011 Centre for Water Resources Research, University College Dublin, 1 December 2011)

"Written by experts from the fields of public health, medicine, epidemiology, environmental health, climate change, environmental engineering, and population research, this authoritative volume provides a thorough understanding of the interconnection among many factors linked to water related diseases, sanitation, and hygiene." (Miss Eco Glam, 1 October 2011)

 “Congratulations on your book. This is a wonderful achievement and I am sure will encourage students to enter the field of global environmental health.” (Michael H. Merson, M.D., Founding Director, Duke Global Health Institute, Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, and Professor of Medicine, Community and Family Medicine, and Public Policy at Duke University and Vice Chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore)

“Great Resource: This book is an excellent compilation of papers by authoritative authors on crucial environmental issues today. As the author of one chapter, I may be a bit biased, but I can say without equivocation that the authors of the other chapters have written excellent summaries of the environmental issues they address. Janine Selendy, editor of this volume, has done a masterful job of planning this volume and putting it together. Congratulations to her on a job well-done. This is a valuable book for anyone wishing to obtain an overview of today's environmental issues.” (Edward Dodge, M.D., M.P.H., Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe and Courtesy Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine)

“Valuable Contribution: In order to responsibly use and protect this vast resource it is imperative to understand and appreciate the array of issues involved. This book provides a comprehensive view of all of the aspects regarding the earth's water supply. Janine Selendy has put together an excellent collection of pieces covering these topics exploring them in depth. I gained a great deal of insight into a variety subjects that I was not very familiar with prior to reading this book. It is an honor to be included as an author with such an impressive group of people. (Gretchen Welfinger-Smith, M.S. Institute for Health and the Environment, School of Public Health, State University at Albany)

“This comprehensive book advises treatment of conditions responsible for water and sanitation-related diseases . . . Few books could claim a title as broad and embracing as this one. It posits a way forward for the cornerstone for global development. It is a primer for organizations as diverse as the World Bank, the United Nations, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. However sobering, it is worth any concerned person's time.”  (Doody’s, 16 November 2012)

Editorial Review from Barnes and Noble Web site:

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From The Critics

Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD (Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This comprehensive book advises treatment of conditions responsible for water and sanitation-related diseases. It details responsible pathogens and accompanying morbidity and mortality attending poor water supplies.
Purpose: For reasons that somewhat escape explanation, many students of public health actually begin to embrace the discipline with enthusiasm through the water and sanitation course they are required to complete. This is absolutely the best book in terms of imparting this enthusiasm and technically explaining the delicate relationship that exists between peoples and their water sources.
Audience: "It is hard to put limits on the applicability and importance of this book. Its editor believes it is an essential resource for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars as well as professionals. I'm going to add business and community leaders to the list. The book belongs on the bookshelf of every NGO or parent organization that hopes to improve lives around the globe. "
Features: Organized in eight sections, the book defines a global problem, connects water and sanitation-related diseases, examines available water resources, explains sanitation and hygiene, examines environmental factors, describes current and future trends in preventing pollution, highlights emerging issues, and offers a conclusions section outlining use of kinship structures. Included with the book are two DVDs that incorporate 16 full-length videos and various short clips, illustrations, and other materials.
Assessment: Few books could claim a title as broad and embracing as this one. It posits a way forward for the cornerstone for global development. It is a primer for organizations as diverse as the World Bank, the United Nations, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. However sobering, it is worth any concerned person's time.


 Five chapters from the book were used in Tufts University's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), The Biology of Water and Health (Part 1). Taught by Tufts professors Jeffrey K. Griffiths, Public Health and Community Medicine and David M. Gute, Civil and Environmental Engineering, this course “is a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to critical water and water-related health challenges across the globe.”


Related article published on the Horizon International Solutions Site Realizing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All

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