Improved access to water and population wellbeing: A qualitative longitudinal study in Kenya

Authors: Elijah Bisung*, Queen's University
Topics: Medical and Health Geography
Keywords: Water, qualitative, longitudina, Kenya
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Gallier A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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This paper is a qualitative longitudinal study that explores risk perceptions and impacts of improved access to water (i.e. connection of households to municipal piped water) in Usoma, Kenya. Data were collected through photovoice with a panel of women at baseline (2013) and post-intervention (2016). The study was guided by an analytical framework that focused on the role of safe water in promoting community wellbeing. Preliminary results show that the intervention was associated with reduction in major risks and impacts that were highlighted at baseline. These risks and impacts include exposure to water related diseases, water collection burden on women and children, water expenditure, school attendance, and time spent on water collection. This study draws attention to the potential impacts of improved access to water on key aspects of community wellbeing. The study also demonstrates the utility of photovoice and qualitative longitudinal techniques for community-based evaluation of water interventions.

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