212277 Water Women and the MDG 5

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:50 AM

Padmini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, CHES , New York Medical College School of Public Health, Pleasant Valley, NY
The MDG 5- Improve Maternal Health is unfortunately one of the MDGs which is lagging behind in many areas of the world.

By improving the quality of water and sanitation globally will help to improve the maternal mortality rates worldwide. The role of safe drinking water and how it can help to reduce the pregnant women's susceptibility to infectious diseases such as diarrhea and cholera will be discussed. Improved sanitation will help in the management of many waterborne infections.

The importance of ensuring that safe drinking water and clean water supply in medical facilities will help to reduce and to a certain extent prevent complications during delivery and will also reduce the incidence of malaria among pregnant women.

The role of Public Health workers in educating and empowering women and communities to realize the importance of ensuring environmental sustainability and clean water will be discussed

Learning Objectives:
Learning Objectives: 1. Describe the relationship between water and MDG5. 2. Describe how sanitation and clean water can contribute to reducing maternal mortality 3. Define the role of Public health Professionals in improving MDG 5 .

Keywords: Water, Women's Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have extensive expereince in the health field as apublic health professioanl and physician. i have presented at several conferences and have just contributed to and edited abook womens global healh and human rights which was published by Jones and Bartlett
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.