Saturday, 15 February 2014
Columbus CD (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Water is a critical determinant of population and public health. “Almost one tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources” (Prüss-Üstün, Bos, Gore & Bartram, 2008). This presentation will discuss the linkages between water and health, including the major types and sources of water contaminants (biological and chemical), the effects of exposure to unsafe water, the prevalence and incidence of water-borne and water-related diseases, and why women and children are particularly vulnerable.