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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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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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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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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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Using the water footprint as a tool for sustainable appropriation of freshwater resources

Local production and consumption has global impact on freshwater resources. The water footprint is a powerful tool to evaluate the sustainability of production and consumption and to identify response strategies.

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Notes from the field

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Understanding the Water Landscape in Rural Zimbabwe

Zvitambo and the Global Water Program are working together to investigate associations between water point type, water quality, number of households served, and water infrastructure reliability using results from an extensive water source survey conducted in rural areas of two districts in Zimbabwe. 

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GDP Fetish, Irrigation Decline and Precarious Food Security in Contemporary China

China's irrigation system has deteriorated gradually in the past three decades, plagued by a growing number of malfunctioning facilities and worsening water problems in rural areas. This article argues that the decline of irrigation in China is mainly derived from its marginal position in the Chinese economy, which has been oriented towards pursuing rapid GDP growth over the last three decades at the expense of irrigation and agriculture. 

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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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Climate and Water Resilience in the Upper Blue Nile / Abay Highlands

When it comes to research in Africa, people often think of studies performed by Western scientists, primarily for a Western audience. But this situation has changed in important ways.

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