The Global Hygiene Summit will be chaired by Professor Yee-Sin Leo, Executive Director, National Centre for Infectious Diseases. 

Other high-profile speakers will be announced shortly. 

Professor Yee-Sin Leo
Executive Director, National Centre for Infectious Diseases

“Hygiene generally refers to conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases. Despite its intimate link to health, hygiene is ill-defined and often intertwined with socioeconomic status, and cultural belief and practices. Hygiene is a fundamental pre-requisite for sustainable public health and with our dual mission of clinical and public health, NCID is pleased to partner RGHI and World Bank for this inaugural summit in Singapore. Leveraging on prominent stakeholders, this summit will elevate hygiene to the highest global agenda in promoting and sustaining health.”

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The Global Hygiene Summit will provide greater context to this, currently, fragmentary field. Through the development of clearly defined boundaries the Global Hygiene Summit will articulate the shape, scope and importance of the hygiene field, motivate multi-level and multi-disciplinary working by bridging epidemiology, behaviour and policy, gain consensus on how to effectively measure behavioural change (ROI), and economic impact and how to present this to engage policymakers. By establishing the need for a holistic, co-ordinated approach the Global Hygiene Summit will create clarity around hygiene and the positive impact that could be gained in global health.

Session Topics

The programme for the Global Hygiene Summit 2023 is being developed by our Content Committee in partnership with leading experts in the global hygiene sector.

Details of the final Summit programme will be announced when this consultation phase is complete.

Topics under discussion for inclusion in the Summit programme include:

  • Hygiene: What do we mean by hygiene?
  • The Global burden on wellness through the hygiene lens
  • Hygiene in urban and built spaces: Programme implementation and on the ground action
  • Menstrual Hygiene
  • How can hygiene interventions address AMR
  • Systems strengthening
  • What are the economics of hygiene?
  • Rethinking behaviour change – How do we really do this?
  • Synthesising lessons towards an actionable plan for global hygiene
  • Creating Hygiene Champions