|WHO: James M. Hughes, MD, Emory University professor of medicine and global health, and director of the Emory Center for Global Safe Water and the Emory Program in Global Infectious Diseases.
WHAT: On Thursday, March 22, World Water Day, Dr. Hughes will participate in a moderated panel discussion on how civic groups, foundations, environmental organizations, businesses, universities and faith-based groups are expanding efforts to address one of the world's largest public health challenges: unsafe drinking water and inadequate sanitation. Dr. Hughes will highlight the scale and scope of the global safe drinking water and sanitation challenge. Several new initiatives also will be announced during the event.
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., coffee and continental breakfast; 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., moderated panel with Q-and-A to follow; 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., individual media availabilities.
WHERE: National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045. For directions, please visit http://press.org/directions.cfm.
WHY: Safe drinking water and sanitation are key to global public health, yet across the world 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion -- more than one-third of the earth's population -- lack adequate sanitation. Combined, these two problems kill between 2 million and 5 million people a year -- or a population the size of the city of Los Angeles -- and sicken billions more. Panelists will discuss how individuals from all walks of life are expanding efforts to address this challenge.