209750 Bringing water to the villages of Afghanistan and Kenya; the need to involve public health for greater impact

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 11:10 AM

Aldo Maggazeni, CEO , Traveling Mercies, Champion Fasteners, Inc, Philadelphia, PA
Many organizations throughout the world work on water supply and sanitation projects, often small scale, and with great empathy for the problems of the poor in the world. Many NGOs work without a well –integrated multidisciplinary team, doing their work with a limited set of desired outcomes, and often only reporting some anecdotes about improvements in health, or economic opportunities. This presentation focuses on the missed opportunities, when water supply projects are not supplemented with hygiene education, water management training and economic development training. Such supplements need to be integrated and can be done with limited supplemental expenses.

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate how locally structured networks like the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, a multi-disciplinary entity of groups and individuals, can increased higher efficiency , and stimulate greater synergy of diverse outcome variables.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have many years of experience building water supply systems and have reported on the impact of these projects on many occasions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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.