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10 January 2005 PR 05/02

Loughborough University offers support for the tsunami relief effort

Loughborough University is sending one of its leading emergency water supply and sanitation experts to Sri Lanka to help in the relief effort following the tsunami disaster.

Bob Reed, a senior programme manager from the University’s Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), will be working for the World Health Organisation (WHO) whilst in the country. He will be offering advice and support to aid agencies operating in the area, trying to increase hygiene standards for the thousands of people left homeless by the killer waves and reduce the amount of sanitation related diseases.

Bob said: “I am pleased to be able to help in the relief effort and in the rebuilding of the country after such tragedy. It will take a long time and a lot of aid to get all the countries affected back to normal, but across the world people are trying to do their bit to help, and I would urge them to continue to support the relief effort.”

WEDC is one of the world’s leading institutions concerned with education, training, research and consultancy relating to the planning, provision, and management of infrastructure in developing countries. Its staff have worked on water supply, sanitation and waste management in many countries, including those affected by other natural disasters and war.

The centre is also supporting the tsunami disaster relief effort by providing free access to its online publications, which cover areas such as controlling and preventing disease, emergency sanitation and emergency water sources, to all those involved in the relief effort. WELL, the Department for International Development-funded Resource Centre in Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health, which is managed by WEDC, is also offering printed copies of publications and up to one day of free expert technical advice to the emergency teams.

Ian Smout, the Director of WEDC said: “People who survived the initial disaster are now facing serious new problems and disease hazards. This assistance will support the agencies providing emergency water supply and sanitation to make appropriate decisions for the local conditions based on good practice and the lessons from past experience of disasters elsewhere.”

To view and download the free publications being provided by WEDC and for further information about the services being offered by WELL visit the WEDC website at http://wedc.lboro.ac.uk/ or call + 44 (0) 1509 222885.

Loughborough University is offering support for all staff and students affected by the tsunami disaster. Its Counselling Service has produced a virtual leaflet, called ‘After a crisis’, which gives general advice for those who need support or are helping others.

Depending upon individual circumstances, the University can also offer financial assistance, counselling and psychological support, leave of absence, and release from academic commitments.

For full details on the help available and to download the Counselling Service leaflet visit the University website at www.lboro.ac.uk and click on the ‘Asian earthquake tsunami disaster’ button on the right hand side of the screen.

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Notes for editors:

  1. Bob Reed will be available for interviews up until 4pm today (Monday, January 10), after which time he will be flying out to Sri Lanka. To arrange an interview please contact Judy Smyth.

  2. A photograph of Bob Reed carrying out similar work in Northern Iraq is available upon request to the Public Relations Office.

  3. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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