1.      What is a virtual conference?

A virtual conference is hosted entirely over the Internet.  It will allow attendees to access live and hear presentations from their computers.  Attendees participate through a conference website designed specifically for the virtual conference. The site is where you will watch conference presentations and participate with questions and comments in real time.

2.      Who should attend?

The conference is open to a wide range of actors, including academics, donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies and the private sector.  This year’s theme is "MHM and WASH: Supporting a gender-responsive learning environment" that aims to highlight national examples of supportive WASH in schools enabling environments that ensure that schools are ready for girls.

3.      What are the technical requirements needed to participate?

The Virtual Conference is accessible using any standard web browser. To participate, you need an Internet connection and web browser.

4.      What happens once I register?

Once you register, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to connect to the conference.

Please use think link to login using your username (email) and password.

5.      Will I have access to the recordings and materials?

All conference sessions will be recorded and posted on this site at the end of the event, so you can view all Virtual Conference sessions at your convenience: https://www.mhmvirtualconference.com/previous-conferences/

6.      How much do I need to pay to register for the virtual conference?

The virtual conference is free of cost.

7.      Is there funding available to participate in the conference?

Funding is not available as the conference is free of cost and does not require any travel expenses.  Participants will be able to access online from anywhere in the world.

8.      Is there an opportunity to attend in-person?

For the first time, the virtual conference will be streaming live from the 2017 Water and Health Conference organized by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina (UNC).  Attendance in-person will be available for those registered to the UNC Conference. 

If you are registered for Water and Health, and would like to attend the virtual conference in-person, please contact us at mhmvirtualconference@gmail.com

9.      What time does the conference start?

7:00 AM (New York Time).  Convert to your local time here.

10.   What is ‘MHM in Ten’?

In 2014, UNICEF and Columbia University organized the MHM in Ten meeting, with the objective of mapping out a ten-year agenda for MHM in schools. The meeting brought together a wide range of actors, including academics, donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies and the private sector – and from a variety of policy areas, including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education, gender, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and adolescent development. The participants identified five priorities to help dramatically improve MHM by 2024. 

The next MHM in Ten meeting will be held in 2018.  More information here.

All photography provided by Unicef