For Immediate Release
Water Is Medicine: Safe Water, Sanitation and Global Public Health Challenges
Bipartisan Congressional Water Caucus and Water Advocates Host Capitol Hill Briefing
What: Capitol Hill Briefing: "Water is Medicine:
Safe Water, Sanitation and Global Public Health Challenges"
When: Wednesday, July
29, 2009, 2pm - 3pm
Where: Capitol Visitor
Center, South Meeting Room http://www.visitthecapitol.
allow time for security clearance.
Who: Speakers will include noted public health experts
and leaders from prominent international aid agencies
Christine Moe, Director, Center
for Global Safe Water
Jae So, Manager, Water and
Global Partnership administered by the World Bank
Rich Thorsten, Director of
International Programs, Water.org
Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White
Moderated by John Oldfield,
Evidence points to inadequate water, sanitation and
hygiene (WASH) as perhaps the world's largest cause of disease and as
critical to sustainable progress across a broad spectrum of development outcomes.
More than 25 diseases are caused by inadequate water and sanitation, creating nearly
10% of the global public health burden, killing more than 2 million people a
year (including more children than AIDS, TB and malaria combined) and leading
to 50% of the world's malnutrition. Diarrhea (a consequence of many of
these 25+ diseases) sickens over 4 billion people each year and kills 1.5
million of them, 90% of whom are children under five.
The U.S. public is largely unaware of
the extent and severity of the problem because for the most part few Americans see
the situation first hand. We easily flush away potential pathogens with our
toilet handle and have clean safe drinking water at the turn of the tap. This
is a global problem that Americans can do something about now. We have the technology and knowledge to solve this now.
Join us on July 29 to hear about solutions, including an increase in political
will and financing.
and WHO, various publications; Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Water Advocates is the first US-based nonprofit organization dedicated solely to increasing American support for worldwide access to safe, affordable and sustainable supplies of drinking water and adequate sanitation.