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Offer: "The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste" and Why it Matters to International Development

The SAIS Global Health and Foreign Policy Initiative and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars cordially invite you to attend

"The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste" and Why it Matters to International Development

A discussion with author
Rose George

Tuesday, April 14
12:30 p.m. Reception
1:00- 2:00 p.m. Discussion and Q&A with guest commentary by Geoffrey Dabelko, Director, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
The Johns Hopkins University
Rome Building Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

R.S.V.P. to 202.663.5786 or email at globalhealth@jhu.edu

Rose George’s book, The Big Necessity, offers an eye-opening report on the shocking realities of the world’s sanitation crisis, which is the leading cause of illness and death in developing countries. Based on Rose’s travels to Africa, China, India and other countries, the book has been featured in The Economist, TIME and The New York Times. She writes about one of the world’s most serious health challenges with gravity, wit and a story-teller’s flair. Rose will lead the conversation by providing first-hand accounts of the appalling sanitation conditions endured by most of the world’s poor, and highlighting some of the latest technological breakthroughs that can bring practical sanitation solutions to people and communities around the world.

Rose George is a freelance journalist who, upon realizing the massive death toll due to poor sanitation -food and water contaminated by human excreta kills the equivalent of four jumbo jets full of children every day-decided to explore why sanitation doesn't get the attention it deserves in global development and public consciousness. By exposing the world’s failure to find effective solutions to preventable disease and ailing infrastructures, Rose challenges social taboos and summons readers to find much-needed answers to inadequate sanitation, which inflicts a high cost on the poor and exacerbates global poverty.

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