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INVITE - FREE EVENT - Author Rose George Talks Toilets - Tomorrow, October 22nd

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Sent on: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 4:26 PM

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Did you know that even though disease spread by human excrement kills more children each year than HIV, TB and malaria combined, nobody talks about it because it’s not sexy? While we’re ignoring this silent killer, 2.6 billion people (that’s four in ten!) today do not have a toilet and instead are forced to do their business on roadsides, in bags or bushes, or anywhere they can.


Open defecation is the leading cause of some of the deadliest, but most ignored, communicable diseases affecting our world’s population today. For example, diarrhea – which is usually caused when flies, feet or fingers introduce feces into the food or water supply - needlessly kills nearly 2 million children a year and is the second leading cause of child death worldwide.


We hope you will join us and help tell the story about the billions of people whose lives can be saved by the simple introduction of a toilet – a privilege we take for granted each and every time we flush. 


Journalist Rose George will join us in Washington, DC on October 22nd to launch her new book, The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters, an entertaining, educational and insightful ride through the world’s sanitation systems, or lack thereof. From the slums of Dar es Salaam and the villages of Bangladesh back to the squeaky-clean sewage plants that serve Washington DC, George exposes the taboos and disparities that surround human waste – and shows us in no uncertain terms why confronting them is essential to our global health, dignity, and prosperity. 





WHAT:      Book Launch of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why

                  it Matters hosted by PATH and Water Advocates


WHEN:      Oct 22, 2008


WHERE:    The Equality Center (on campus of the Human Rights Campaign)

                  Located at 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW at the corner of Rhode Island and 17th St NW


WHO:        Rose George, author of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters

Representative from PATH, Dr. John Wecker



Rose George has written for The Nation, Slate, Details, The New York Times, and many other publications. She graduated from the University of Oxford and holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing assignments have included covering Saddam Hussein’s birthday party in Tikrit and reporting on the Alternative World Cup soccer final between Bhutan and Montserrat. Her first book, A Life Removed, about Liberian refugees, was long-listed for the Lettre Ulysses Award for literary reportage. She lives in London.


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Water Advocates

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