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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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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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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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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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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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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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Smart clouds and dumb phones: water treatment monitoring in a resource-limited setting

Geography and environmental engineering student Chris Kelley discusses the difficulties of monitoring water treatment in impoverished rural areas, as observed during a research trip to Honduras. A simple system for communication of water treatment data via SMS was designed to address these difficulties.

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Are nanoparticles a threat to our drinking water?

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Engineered nanoparticles are an emerging contaminant class with potentially wide spread distribution in the aquatic environment. Our latest results indicate that these particles can persist in natural water bodies, and are not fully removed by drinking water treatment systems, thereby posing a potential public health concern.  

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Collaboration and communication: working toward change in Ghana

Geography and environmental engineering student, Laura MacDonald, reflects on the growing collaborations for water supply and treatment in Ghana. Further communication and collaboration among an ever-widening field of stakeholders are needed to implement these changes in the field.

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Accelerating sustainable, people-centered integrated water services for the poor

The JHU Global Water Program organized a conference in Bellagio, Italy, on behalf of the Rockefeller Foundation from August 29 to September 1, 2011.  By convening leading experts in water and related fields, this conference identified opportunities for accelerating, sustainable, people-centered integrated water services for the poor.

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