207792 Water and The Millennium Development Goals: The Next Five Years

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 10:50 AM

Sara Swart , MIDEGO, Fairfax, VA
David C. Jones , MIDEGO, Fairfax, VA
Elvira Beracochea, MD, MPH , MIDEGO, Fairfax, VA
The Millennium Declaration contains eight millennium development goals (MDGs) and was the most significant event in global health of the year 2000. The MDGs are the first collective set of measurable targets mankind has set for its evolution that include taking care of the health of all human beings on our planet. The MDG targets set for 2015 allow each country to monitor how well they are performing on the major health related areas that affect survival and development within their borders. Target Number 10 is to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. In addition, Target 11 aims at significantly improving the lives of 100 million slum dwellers. This presentation will review five current global scale efforts to achieve these targets using a seven step method that addresses the main facets of global water programs: Water access; Water Infrastructure; Water Ecology; Water Education; Water, Health and Hygiene; Water Governance; and Water Economics. The presentation will also explain the use of the seven-step method for program planning, implementation and process and results monitoring and the public health implications of effective water programs to achieving all the other MDGs. This presentation is part of an invited panel organized by Dr. Gopal Sankaran entitled: Water, Health and Human Rights

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the progress made to date in reaching the 10th target of the MDGs. Describe current strategies used to accelerate reaching this MDG target. Evaluate various programs making use of a seven-step method. Discuss recommendations for the next five years.

Keywords: Developing Countries, Water

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Sara Swart has a Bachelor's degree in Geography and has worked for MIDEGO, a global, public health consulting firm committed to advancing the Millennium Development Goals, for nearly two years. She has experience with project managment and has assisted with various development activities at MIDEGO. Sara conducted the review of USAID water projects and worked with MIDEGO teams member to develop a method of project evaluation that MIDEGO believes will help advance reaching MDG Target 10 relating to improved access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
MIDEGO program management Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.