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About Water and Sanitation:

The safety and accessibility of drinking-water are major concerns throughout the world. Health risks may arise from consumption of water contaminated with infectious agents, toxic chemicals, and radiological hazards. Improving access to safe drinking-water can result in tangible improvements to health. Millennium Development Goal number 7 vows to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Solid Waste Management and Wastewater and Excreta are also important to water purity and human health, impacting the prevalence of water borne diseases like Cholera. Food safety is also impacted by water and hygiene related practices. In Latin America 93% have access to improved drinking water sources and 80% have access to improved sanitation. However, these statistics do not reflect the quality of water or the disparities in gender, income, and race which affect access to water sources and sanitation.

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Water and Sanitation: Evidence for public policies focused on human rights and public health results

Agua y Saneamiento: evidencias para politícas públicas con enfoque en derechos humanos y resultados en salud pública




Upcoming Events:

Past Events:

UN Water-GLAAS Global Team Meeting 29-31 March 2011, Geneva Switzerland

World Water Day: 22 March, 2011

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Congressional Hearing on the Right to Water 

Realizing the Right to Safe Water and Sanitation

Thursday, March 3, 2011
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2118 Rayburn HOB

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the right to safe water and sanitation. According to the World Health Organization, 884 million people in the world—roughly 1/8 of the global population—do not have access to safe water. Moreover, 2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, and 1.4 million children die every year as a result of water-borne diseases.

This hearing will explore the impact of recent UN resolutions declaring the right to safe drinking water and sanitation a universal human right. It will also examine the role of U.S. foreign policy with respect to water issues and prospects for achieving the Millennium Development Goals; the implementation of the Water for the Poor Law; and global challenges facing vulnerable people around the world regarding access to safe water and sanitation.

AIDIS XXXII Congress, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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November 7th to 11th, 2010

Documents and Publications

WHO drinking water guidelines

UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS)

Chemical Safety of Drinking Water - Assessing Priorites for Risk Management

Related Links:

- Sanitation and water must no longer play second fiddle to other priorities

- Improving the health of IDPs in Colombia

- Guide to Sanitation in Shelters and Camps

- UN Millennium Development Goals

- WHO Water Sanitation and Health site

- WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation

- World Water Week

- ATLAS Brasil - Abastecimento Urbano de Água


Sample ImageEngineer Paulo Fernando Piza Teixeira:

Eng. Paulo Piza Teixeira has served as an environmental health advisor to PAHO for over 17 years. He began as an STC in Argentina in 1993 and joined PAHO as a staff member in 1998, in Paraguay. He also served as an environmental health advisor in Argentina, Guyana, Haiti and the United States. Eng Teixeira is a prominent expert on water and sanitation and solid wastes management and author and coauthor of several publications on topics concerning urbanization and health, including Environmental Surveillance; Inventory of Solid Waste in Latin America and the Caribbean; and Environmental Primary Care,

As hygienist and sanitary engineer he performed post-graduate study in Solid Waste Management and Nigh Soil Treatment (Japan 1998) and has a Masters Degree in Occupational Health and Safety from the Andalusia School of Public Health (Spain 1997). He has been member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Leadership Program on Sustainable Development for the 21st Century (1991) and of the working group that organized the United Nations Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development (Rio 1992), as well as an official member of the organization committee of the Pan American Conference on Environmental Health and Sustainable Development (1995). Eng Teixeira is a prominent expert on water and sanitation and solid wastes management and author and coauthor of several publications on topics concerning urbanization and health, such as Environmental Surveillance,

Eng Teixeira received PAHO’s Award for Exceptional Leadership 2007.

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