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Thursday, 19 May 2016 - Thursday, 19 May 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Global Change Institute Seminar Room 275
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Ms Krystle Henry
3343 3118
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Global Change Institute

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In South East Asia, one billion people lack access to Ďimproved sanitation facilitiesí and only half of the population in the Pacific Island countries have access to such facilities. Poor hygiene and unsanitary living conditions in remote Australian Aboriginal communities have contributed to children experiencing a higher rate of common infectious diseases than non-Aboriginal, urban communities. Access to clean, safe water and sanitation are key interventions for primary health prevention and could reduce the global disease burden by almost ten percent. The United Nations seeks to address this situation through Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6), to Ďensure access to water and sanitation for allí.

Two experts from the World Health Organisation will co-present a GCI Insights seminar on global health challenges from unsafe drinking water and inadequate sanitation- and the potential for the Sustainable Development Goals to improve this global challenge. They will highlight their presentation with examples on how SDGs could be implemented in various parts of the world including in the Pacific. They are visiting Australia as keynote speakers and specialist trainers for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Futures conference in Brisbane (May 16-20; Brisbane)

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