Safe Water for Health Now Conference

The Conference

The Safe Water for Health Now Conference focused on the challenges of providing safe water to the neediest and most vulnerable people, with the promise of dramatically improving their health status. By convening key stakeholders, we created a rich understanding of the pivotal problems and solutions, laying the groundwork for concrete steps to address this critical health and human need. Safe Water for Health Now arose from a partnership between Boston University and Vestergaard Frandsen.  We welcome you to read the Twitter recap, the agenda, and/or the presentations of the speakers by clicking on the links to the right.  We hope to continue the discourse started at the Conference.

The Critical Health Need

According to the WHO and UNICEF, approximately 887 million people lack access to clean water supply sources. Unsafe drinking water is a leading cause of preventable waterborne diseases.  About 2 million people die each year from diarrheal disease, most of them children under the age of five. Additionally, when regions experience natural disasters that disrupt the water supply, up to 90 percent of the resulting deaths may be water-related.