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Managing Water-Related Health Risks

Summary

Access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) is a key determinant of population and public health, particularly in middle- and low-income countries. It is now widely recognized that access to safe water enhances the potential for educational opportunities (particularly for women and girls, who are the most vulnerable) and facilitates participation in local community economic development.

This project emphasizes the roles of women and girls in society, the burden of water provision in rural, remote, and marginalized communities, and water-related disease challenges and the associated opportunity costs, particularly access to education and time spent caring for the sick. Research to-date includes the knowledge, attitudes and practices around WaSH for sustainable interventions, the role of social capital in sustainable community WaSH, WaSH, pregnancy and violence, and the role of access to water and sanitation in achieving Millennium Development Goal targets.

A suite of interactive tools has been developed to provide the necessary evidence. These include:

  • Microfinancing for community water and sanitation self-supply
  • The W:ISE Toolkit (WaSH: Integrated Social Empowerment) that provides mixed methods for understanding community-based water, WaSH, and environment issues
  • The Water Associated Disease Index (WADI), a visual tool mapping vulnerability to individual water-related diseases using a combination of social and physical parameters
  • HydroSanitas, a knowledge portal
  • Community SWAT — a water assessment tool for community leaders, NGOs, and/or local governments

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