Water-related Health Problems in Kenya | Water
Water is a health issue because water-related diseases are the major cause of death in infants in Kenya.
Water is also an economic issue, especially for those who live in poverty.
For instance, the case of subsistence farmers whose crops fail for lack of water, or whether poverty results in people lacking access to clean water.
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A good example is of slum dwellers e.g. Kibra, who have no running water and no resources to purchase clean water.
Water-related education problems
Water comes to the forefront where children miss many days of school in a year due to water-related illnesses.
Nyanza province was for many years notorious for cholera epidemics, a situation that still occurs once in a while.
Water-related diseases continue to be endemic in the area, especially in the Kano plains where the project area is present.
Sources of Water Contamination
Rain water contamination can occur when collecting surfaces have leaves, insects, snails, animal or human faeces.
Shallow wells can face contamination with human excreta and refuse being washed into them especially if the pit latrines or dumpsites are nerby.