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Research project

Urban Drinking Water and Health Outcomes

Project overview

This project explored the feasibility of a developing an intervention to reduce child diarrhoea through subsidising water sold in plastic bags (sachet water) in low income urban areas of Ghana. Market surveillance of sachet water in such areas, coupled with analyses of water samples tested across the country, showed that sachet water was much less microbiologically contaminated than other alternatives, including tap water. Through a feasibility study, we found that a system of vouchers for water sachets was acceptable to both shops and kiosks selling sachets and to households with young children. However, there remained obstacles to uptake of such a scheme, particularly meeting the ongoing cost of such a subsidy and environmental concerns over the plastic waste generated from sachet consumption.


Lead researcher

Professor Jim Wright

Professor in GIS & Int Development

Research interests

  • Safe water access and public health in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Environmental applications of GIS
  • Geospatial analysis for public health, particularly via routine health management information systems
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Research outputs

Mawuli Dzodzomenyo, Günther Fink, Allan Hill, Winfred Dotse-Gborgbortsi, Nicola Wardrop, Genevieve Aryeetey, Nathaniel Coleman & James Wright, 2018, Journal of Water and Health, 16(2)
Type: article
Nicola A. Wardrop, Allan G. Hill, Mawuli Dzodzomenyo, Genevieve Aryeetey & Jim A. Wright, 2017, International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
Type: article
Nicola Wardrop, Mawuli Dzodzomenyo, Genevieve Aryeetey, Allan Hill, Robert Bain & James Wright, 2017, Environmental Research Letters, 12(7)
Type: article
James Wright, Mawuli Dzodzomenyo, Guenther Fink, Nicola Wardrop, Genevieve Aryeetey, Richard Adanu & Allan Hill, 2016, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 95(1), 239-246
Type: article
James Wright, Mawuli Dzodzomenyo, Nicola Wardrop, Richard Johnston, Allan Hill, Genevieve Aryeetey & Richard Adanu, 2016, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(3), 1-17
Type: article