BiographyBefore coming to UNC, Dr. Bartram spent almost a decade at the World Health Organization’s Headquarters in Geneva, where he served as Coordinator of the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit. Under his leadership, the unit reformed monitoring and standard-setting and received international recognition for its use of evidence based policy and good practice.
Dr. Bartram also served as the first chair of UN-Water, the mechanism responsible to ensure coherence and coordination throughout the UN system’s actions related to water, where he oversaw the establishment of Terms of Reference and inter-agency workplan development. Dr. Bartram’s previous posts have also included: Coordinator for the Programme on Assessing and Managing Environmental Risks to Health at WHO/HQ; Manager, Water and Wastes at the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Rome where he worked on management of international waters; Head of the Environmental Health Division of the Robens Institute of the University of Surrey in the UK; and Public Health Scientist in Peru.
Dr Bartram was awarded the International Water Association’s (IWA) “Grand Award” in 2004 and holds Honorary Professorships at the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, University of Bristol and University of Surrey, UK.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Bartram's interests focus on the connections between water (including sanitation and hygiene) and health – especially the links between science, policy and practice, in both developing and developed countries. They include technologies for urban sanitation renewal; management systems for drinking-water safety and rural drinking-water supply; emerging issues (including water scarcity and climate change) and their impacts on system sustainability; health system activities on water and sanitation; and sector capacity issues such as monitoring, the costs and impacts of interventions and effective regulation and financing.
Public health leadership
Published: Jan 06, 2016 by Lancet
Authors: Jamie Bartram, Kristen Lewis, Roberto Lenton, Albert Wright
Improving access to clean water and sanitation infrastructure can greatly improve health outcomes, especially among children.
Published: Nov 09, 2010 by PLoS Med
Authors: Bartram J and Cairncross S
This is the introductory article in a four-part PLoS Medicine series on water and sanitation.
Published: Mar 20, 2008 by Nature
Authors: Jamie Bartram
All-or-nothing targets for global access to basic amenities such as drinking water and sanitation are outdated. The time has come, says Jamie Bartram, for a more fluid approach.
Published: Jan 01, 2008 by Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Authors: Guy Hutton, Jamie Bartram
Target 10 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to "halve by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation". Because of its impacts on a range of diseases, it is a health-related MDG target. This study presents cost estimates of attaining MDG target 10.
Published: Apr 04, 2002 by Environmental Health Perspectives
Authors: Pruess A, Kay D Fewtrell L, and Bartram J
The authors estimate the disease burden of inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene at a global level utilizing disability-adjusted life years (DALYs).