Dig In! Global Challenges to Clean Water Access

Original Air Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

What are the most pressing global challenges that impact access to clean, safe water?  

Leanne Madjidi, BSc’06, from the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) will speak with two of this year’s Arch Awards recipients — Dr. Abdullah Saleh, BSc’05, and Dr. Ahamad Munawwar Helmi Salim, MD’10 — who are involved in international initiatives that are aiming to increase access to clean water through water sanitation and hygiene initiatives.  

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Meet the Speakers

Dr. Ahmad Munawwar Helmi Salim, MD'10, works mostly with marginalised communities, not only in his home country, Malaysia, but also with international initiatives. As the chief coordinator of the Relief Team of IMAM (Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia), Salim leads numerous medical relief projects in Malaysia and neighbouring countries. This has included the 2015 launch of free mobile clinics for Rohingya refugees in Malaysia — an effort that continues. Additionally, Salim is a practising medical doctor, and one of the founders of Be Vital, a social enterprise which aims to bring safe and clean water to underprivileged communities. 

Abdullah Saleh, BSc’05, is currently a pediatric general surgeon and at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton and is the director of the Office of Global Surgery at the U of A.  Saleh is the co-founder and chief executive director of Innovative Canadians for Change, an Alberta-based non-profit organization with a focus on water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), energy-efficient technology, electronic medical records, trauma & injury prevention, and startup incubation. To date, through the Kenya Ceramic Project, ICChange has supplied 100,000+ Kenyans with access to clean, sanitary drinking water. 

As the global learning advisor for the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), Leanne Madjidi, BSc’06, has more than 10 years of experience teaching, creating resource materials, and providing training and consulting services in environmental and sustainability communication programs. Passionate about making scientific and technical information engaging and accessible to a wide range of audiences, Madjidi has experience with both the government and non-profit sectors. Having worked in Canada, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, and Colombia, Madjidi speaks French and Spanish. 

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