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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 26, No. 2, 2008, pp. 125-138
Bioline Code: hn08016
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2008, pp. 125-138

 en Targeting Appropriate Interventions to Minimize Deterioration of Drinking-water Quality in Developing Countries
Trevett, Andrew F. & Carter, Richard C.


In developing countries, it has been observed that drinking-water frequently becomes recontaminated following its collection and during storage in the home. This paper proposes a semi-quantified 'disease risk index' (DRI) designed to identify communities or households that are 'most at risk' from consuming recontaminated drinking-water. A brief review of appropriate physical and educational intervention measures is presented, and their effective use is discussed. It is concluded that incorporating a simple appraisal tool, such as the proposed DRI, into a community water-supply programme would be useful in shaping the overall strategy requiring only a minimum of organizational learning.

Diarrhoea; Disease risk index; Drinking-water; Household; Hygiene; Interventions; Review literature

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