About The Pump

Why are we blogging?

The JSI and WORLD EDUCATION CENTER for HIV and AIDS launched this blog as an effort to share more widely among our JSI and World Education staff worldwide, as well as external colleagues, reports from the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. Hosted by the International AIDS Society (IAS), the conference theme this year is, “Rights Here, Right Now”. Altogether, JSI and World Education staff will be presenting more than 45 accepted abstracts about our work across a variety of HIV-related topics at the conference. For more conference information, visit www.aids2010.org

What is “The Pump?”

Public health professionals know the tale: Dr. John Snow, affectionately known as the father of epidemiology and public health (& also our namesake!) studied the Soho, London outbreak of cholera in 1854 and revealed through mapping & statistical studies that the source of the outbreak was not–as was commonly believed–“bad air,” but rather, a water pump on Broad Street. The pump, as Dr. Snow showed through his studies, was contaminated because a water company was taking water from sewage-polluted sections of the Thames and delivering it to homes.

John Snow, Inc. (JSI) & World Education celebrate Dr. Snow’s approach of scientific evaluation paired with critical analysis and creativity, and as such, we named our first blog after his famous water pump. As we meet and engage with our public health peers in Vienna this week, we aim to provide a touch of scientific and creative reaction & evaluation through this blog. Several of our leading HIV specialists will be sharing their remarks & experiences here, and we hope you will engage them with thoughtful questions and comments.

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