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  • June 20, 2013 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Please plan to join the June Global Health Discussion Forum led by 

The SickKids Global Child Health Program, The Hospital for Sick Children and 

Mount Sinai Hospital and 
Global Health Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

presented by 

Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace, Programme Officer,
Water Health Nexus, Institute for Water, Environment and Health, United Nations University

"From Waste to Wealth and Health: Improving Child and Maternal Health through Water and Sanitation"

Thursday June 20, 12noon-1pm

7th Floor Boardroom (7008) at 525 University Avenue

RSVP to Chauntel Sylvester

Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace has broad experience at the water-health nexus including the areas of environmental factors for climate change, impacts on and outbreaks of waterborne diseases, and linkages to human health and well-being. Prior to joining the United Nations University she worked in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph in Canada, and as a water-environment specialist for the Public Health Agency of Canada. Dr. Schuster-Wallace was also a consultant to Part 2 of the Walkerton Commission of Inquiry into the Walkerton drinking water tragedy of 2000, and holds degrees from the University of Leicester (UK) and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

With increases in access to water and improved sanitation infant and maternal mortality rates have had a demonstrable decrease. Yet in East Africa, many health care settings do not have running water and access to water is defined as having a source within 500 metres of a facility. Is there a way to improve access, and therefore wellbeing, without requiring millions in government investment? This session will discuss why clean water and sanitation are fundamental for health, as well as the impacts related to a lack of access to water and sanitation using the example of maternal and child health; financially viable solutions will be explored.

THE GLOBAL HEALTH DISCUSSION FORUM (GHDF) is a monthly for gathering for members of the healthcare and educational communities, including physicians, nurses, researchers, teachers, students and others interested in global health. FOUNDING MEMBERS: SickKids Global Child Health program, Mount Sinai Hospital and the Global Health Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. For information on the GHDF, please visit SickKids Global Child Health.