Duggaraju, Avani

School of Public Health

MSPH

Tanzania

Women's Sanitation Vulnerabilities in Southern Tanzania

Constrained access to water and sanitation has been associated with reduced quality of life, gendered interpersonal and community conflict, adverse pregnancy, and child health outcomes, and reduced educational attainment for girls. The impacts for women and girls can be contextually specific and bound within larger issues of gender norms and gender expectations. For example, the more difficult it is to access drinking water, the more likely it is to be the sole responsibility of women and girls within the household. This study aims to investigate the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs of women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa and it’s impact on psychosocial stress and mental health. This study is informed by previous research conducted in India that found a statistically significant correlation between sanitation-related psychosocial stress, psychosocial well-being, and quality of life. The WASH needs of women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa and relationships with psychosocial stress are likely to share many commonalities with findings from South Asia as well as key differences that warrant further exploration.  The proposed mixed-methods research will apply the emergent understanding of gendered impacts of water and sanitation on women and girls to urban and rural Tanzania using a life-stage perspective.

Global Health Project Grant Advisor/Mentor: Sarah Beckham, PhD

People

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...
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