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Nearby access to safe water improves the quality of life for HIV-affected families

Photo: Tara Zolnikov 2012

Access to quality water improves physical, mental, and social outcomes for HIV-infected individuals and HIV-affected families.  

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Economic advantages of having access to water

Nearby access to safe drinking water alleviates adverse health effects, but also has economic advantages.

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Opinion

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Households’ motivations for investing in multiple-use water services in rural Burkina Faso

In rural Burkina Faso, demand is high for wells that provide sufficient water for domestic and productive purposes. With assistance from Winrock International, well owners are investing in upgrades that will improve the quality, reliability, and quantity of their water supply. Through their investigation of the drivers that motivate households to invest, JHU researchers uncovered the unexpected role that women’s entrepreneurship plays in spurring demand for enhanced wells.

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Access to water puts a family back together

Photo: Tara Rava Zolnikov

For some families in rural Kenya, better access to water strengthens family ties.

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Notes from the field

Mzuzu University and Pump Aid Malawi Water Quality Partnership

Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation and Pump Aid Malawi collaborated on a project offering students valuable experience and offering Pump Aid programs water quality information.

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Opinion

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From developed to developing country: Water and war in Iraq

In the American Journal of Public Health June 2013 issue, “The Maladies of Water and War: Addressing Poor Water Quality in Iraq” explores poor water quality, availability, and waterborne diseases throughout the 20th century in war-torn Iraq. To develop strategies on improving water in Iraq, scientifically relevant information was accrued and reviewed; these solutions may be used to improve water and reduce waterborne diseases in Iraq.

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Opinion

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Tapped Out

On July 30, seven states in Northern India went completely dark. A catastrophic power failure brought commerce and daily life to a complete halt. But that was not all. On a scorching hot summer day, the main water stations in New Delhi also shut down, leaving nearly 17 million people with dry taps.

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Opinion

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Of horses and water: is anyone learning from evaluations of WASH programs?

The WASH sector has struggled with the same failure issues for decades.  Do we need a different way to learn and adapt? 

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Notes from the field

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Relationship between diarrhea risk and community-scale water treatment and refill kiosks

In a  study that was conducted by GWP researcher, Dr. Laura Sima, and coauthors at Yale University, Prof Menachem Elimelech, Prof Mayur Desai and Dr. Katie McCarty, this study investigates the association between diarrhea risk and community-scale water treatment and refill kiosks. We present data from a longitudinal study of 1,000 randomly selected low-income households in urban and peri-urban Jakarta. We monitored daily diarrhea status and water source for 1,000 children aged one to four years in Jakarta, Indonesia, for up to five months.

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Notes from the field

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Dietary iron may flow from tubewells in rural Bangladesh

In rural Bangladesh, tubewells, the most common source for domestic water, often provide water naturally containing minerals, including substantial amounts of iron in some areas.  Recent research conducted at the JiVitA Project in rural north-west Bangladesh by researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that drinking iron-rich tubewell water can reduce the risk of iron deficiency by improving the body’s iron stores.

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