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advancing global WASH knowledge

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innovative investigations to elucidate and characterize the complex links between WASH, infrastructure, health, and the environment to inform policy making and program development.  Learn more below.

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Current Studies


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Surveillance of Water Quality to Reduce Diarrheal Disease Incidence

Burkina Faso

Water quality monitoring represents a crucial public health monitoring tool.  In developing urban centers, water infrastructure is often composite in nature, installed and monitored by a range of organizations like utilities, NGOs, and community groups.  This heterogeneity prevents comprehensive water quality surveillance.  To understand the linkages between infrastructure type, water quality, sponsoring organization, and diarrheal disease, we are monitoring water quality in all public water points in the city of Fada N'gourma for 9 months.  Additionally, to determine individual water sourcing tendencies, we are employing water accounting techniques to enumerate the number of users per water point.  Armed with these data, water actors will be able to identify the areas most in need of further infrastructure investment and the geographic areas and the specific seasonal times with the poorest water quality allowing for targeted efforts.