Tuesday 31st August 2010
BMW Edge at 6pm – 7:30pm
In association with the Melbourne Writers’ Festival & One Just World
This public forum to coincide with the United Nations Conference, Health at Whose Cost? Writers on Poverty and Health is being held in association with the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Conversations and The University of Melbourne. Melbourne Conversations series of free public discussions presented by the City of Melbourne.
Good health is our most treasured gift
In Australia we mostly take it for granted. Yet in poor countries, often just a few hours flight from Melbourne, people suffer every day from debilitating diseases with no help in sight. Every year more than 340,000 women die as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Every year almost 9 million children under the age of 5 die from preventable illnesses – pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and measles. Malnutrition, poor hygiene and lack of access to healthcare are the causes. The solutions are well known, proven and cost effective. So, why is it happening? What are our responsibilities to these people? And what is it we need to do?
So, why is it happening? What are our responsibilities to these people? And what is it we need to do?
Dame Carol Kidu, Minister for Community Development and Women in PNG, Sir Gustav Nossal AC, Angela Savage (Behind the Night Bazaar, The Half Child) and Sakena Yacoobi discuss the issues in this special festival session, hosted by Tracee Hutchison and presented in partnership with One Just World and Melbourne Conversations.
Supported by the University of Melbourne, International Women’s Development Agency, AusAID and World Vision Australia.