TheWaterChannel NewsFlash: September 30, 2014
(Webinar Today) Water, Sanitation and the Media
"More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world." -- World Health Organisation, 2008
"Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours." --UNICEF, 2009
"[The water and sanitation] crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns." ---UNDP, 2006
By all standard definitions of news, these findings were newsworthy when they came to light. They spoke of a large number of people suffering from a lack of basic amenities that most of us take for granted; that many even consider a 'human right.'
And yet, they did not quite make it to the TV news, newspapers, or beer/coffee conversations the way some other stories did. Over the past decade or so, such stories have lost out to (for example) George Clooney's wedding; Oscar Pistorius' murder trial; and about 5 successive iPhone launches.
Is it time we changed our definitions of news to better reflect reality? Are water and sanitation issues not as important we keep saying they are? Or is media coverage a good indicator of how seriously we take these issues?
In a webinar today (1200 GMT :: click here to check your local timings), award-winning journalist Fredrick Mugira will discuss some of these questions and raise many others. The webinar is free to join and open to all. For more info on Fredrick, the topic and how to attend, please visit http://goo.gl/kPVeua
Look forward to seeing you there!
With Regards,TheWaterChannel Team