Workshop Title: GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS, HEALTHY LIVING
Workshop Topic: Impacts of clean drinking water, nutrition and micronutrients on the health and well-being of highly vulnerable populations in difficult settings.
Health challenges: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. Almost all the hungry people, 780 million, live in developing countries; represent the global population’s 12.9 percent; and saw a 42 percent reduction in the prevalence of undernourishment between 1990–92 and 2012–14. Despite this progress, however, children remain the most visible victims of undernutrition. It is estimated that undernutrition in the aggregate—including fetal growth restriction, stunting, wasting, and deficiencies of vitamin A and zinc along with suboptimum breastfeeding—is a cause of 3·1 million child deaths annually or 45% of all child deaths in 2011. Undernutrition magnifies the effect of every disease, including measles and malaria. The estimated proportions of deaths in which undernutrition is an underlying cause are roughly similar for diarrhea (61%), malaria (57%), pneumonia (52%), and measles (45%) (Black 2003, Bryce 2005). Malnutrition can also be caused by diseases, such as the diseases that cause diarrhea, by reducing the body’s ability to convert food into usable nutrients. The three very important micronutrient deficiencies in terms of health consequences for poor people in developing countries are: Iron, Vitamin A and Iodine. According to studies, for the world as a whole, per capita food availability has risen from about 2220 kcal/person/day in the early 1960s to 2790 kcal/person/day in 2006-08, while developing countries even recorded a leap from 1850 kcal/person/day to over 2640 kcal/person/day. This growth in food availability in conjunction with improved access to food helped reduce the percentage of chronically undernourished people in developing countries from 34 percent in the mid 1970s to just 15 percent three decades later. (FAO 2012, p. 4) The principal problem of food insecurity, however, is that many people in the world still do not have sufficient incomes to purchase (or land to grow) enough food.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and worms are also known factors to seriously deteriorate the health of the most vulnerable populations, including children, women, people living with HIV and AIDs, etc. According to P&G, safe drinking water is a problem for nearly 1 billion people, many of whom are women and young girls who must walk an average of 6 kilometers each day to collect, often, contaminated water for their families. Over 1,000 children die daily as a result of diseases that cause diarrhea. More children die from diarrheal illnesses such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid fever than from HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.
Workshop instructions: At this international education workshop, representatives from Procter & Gamble (P&G) Children’s Safe Drinking Water and Gender Equality, Vitamin Angels, World Food Programme and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) will address the impact of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), medical care, nutrition, multivitamins and deworming medicines on the health and well-being of highly vulnerable populations in difficult settings. The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) will provide updates on its model comprehensive health program in the Caribbean and Latin America, followed by a question and answer session.
Presenting Organizations and speakers:
Batey Relief Alliance (BRA): Founded in 1997, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) addresses socio-economic and health needs of children and their families—through preventive health and education, food security and agriculture, disaster relief and community development programs—severely affected by extreme poverty, disease and hunger in hard-reached communities of Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Peru. BRA holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is associated with the United Nations NGO Section of the Department of Public Information (DPI); is member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and CGI-Haiti Action Network; and is a Public Voluntary Organization with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).—Dr. Raymond Thertulien, International Medical Director.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. Born in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. It works towards that vision with its sister UN agencies in Rome -- the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) -- as well as other government, UN and NGO partners. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 82 countries each year. 11,367 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.—Dr. Martin W. Bloem, Senior Nutrition Advisor.
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI): Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,500which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.—Stephanie Adickman, Head, Global Health Track.
Procter and Gamble Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW): P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water program and Gender Equality is a signature global program within P&G’s philanthropic health and hygiene efforts. Founded in 2004, the program has provided clean water in more than 85 countries and helped to raise awareness of the clean water crisis through a diverse network of 150 partners. To date, P&G has delivered over 10 billion liters of clean drinking water. Its goal is to deliver 15 billion liters by 2020. By expanding CSDW’s reach, P&G is committed to fighting the clean water crisis in partnership with NGOs, governments, companies and consumers. P&G has invested over $50 million toward clean drinking water, including its technical expertise, financial investment, human resources, and manufacturing facilities to support the CSDW .—Allison Tummon Kamphuis, Program Leader
Vitamin Angels: Founded in 1994, Vitamin Angels' mission is to mobilize and deploy private sector resources to advance availability, access and use of micronutrients, especially vitamin A, by newborns, infants and children in need. Vitamin Angels reduces child mortality worldwide by connecting essential nutrients, especially vitamin A, with infants and children under five.- Dr. Kristen Hurley, Director of Program and Quinn Harvey, Regionl Program Manager, Latin America & the Caribbean
Promotion of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
BRA joined forces with global partners (SDG17) to carry out life enhancing programs in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Peru that help advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in areas of poverty and hunger eradication (SDG1, SDG2), access to water and sanitation (SDG6), and well being of all at all ages regardless of race, gender, creed, nationality, sexual orientation, economic status or political affiliation (SDG6).
BRA Core value
BRA brings people together; alleviates sufferings; and saves lives, regardless of race, gender, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, social status, or political affiliation.
BRA Core Programs:
BRA uses a holistic approach to Health Care—with the simple notion that every single human being, in order to remain healthy and productive in society, must be provided with a combination of medical care and medicines, micronutrients, food, anti-worm medicines, clean drinking water and education.
WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
BRA Strategic Partners:
Clinton Global Initative (CGI)
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Dominican Republic Ministry of Agriculture
Dominican Republic Ministry of Health
Haiti Ministry of Health
Peru Ministry of Health
Procter and Gamble (P&G) Children’s Safe Drinking Water and Gender Equity
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
Batey Relief Alliance, Inc.
P.O. Box 300565
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230-0565
Procter and Gamble (P&G)