Professor Mala Rao, Professor of International Health, University of East London, gave a powerful presentation on plumbing and public health at the 9th World Plumbing Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland in September 2011. The organisers of the Conference, the Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) decided that it would be good to share Professor Rao’s message with a wider audience and commissioned a DVD of her delivering a talk on the importance of plumbing to public health.

In the DVD, Professor Rao sets out the background to the medical advances which were achieved in 19th century Britain through the installation of clean water supplies and sanitation facilities and contrasts this with the appalling situations which still exist today in many developing countries where lives are regularly lost through lack of access to basic plumbing. She also stresses that even in the developed world, plumbing needs to be taken more seriously against a background of climate change and natural disasters. She concludes with a clear message to all that plumbing is essential to life and must not be taken for granted.

SNIPEF was supported in the production of this DVD by the following organisations:

·         Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors
·         Atelier 10
·         BPEC
·         Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering
·         Society of Public Health Engineers
·         Worshipful Company of Plumbers

Source: APHC News

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