Professor Mala Rao, a former Chief Medical Adviser to the NHS in England and currently 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.
It is intended that the 15 minute DVD presentation will be used widely in the promotion of this year’s World Plumbing Day on 11 March 2012. Arrangements are being made for it to be shown at meetings of plumbing industry organisations and copies are being provided to all training colleges and centres delivering plumbing training but it is hoped that the message will be shared with a much wider audience outside of the plumbing industry as it is essential that the public at large recognise the important role played by the plumbing industry. There is no limit to the situations in which this message could be shown- for example, some secondary schools have agreed to show it to their pupils in the days leading up to 11 March and arrangements are also being made for it to be shown at meetings of organisations such as Rotary. In addition, links to the DVD will be provided on a number of websites meaning that the message will be potentially available to a very large audience.
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
Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering
Society of Public Health Engineers
Worshipful Company of Plumbers
The DVD can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6SVfQGwpLc
Further information and free copies of the DVD are available from:
Robert Burgon, Chief Executive, SNIPEF, Bellevue House, 22 Hopetoun Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4GH(email: firstname.lastname@example.org)