An assessment of the provision of clean water and sanitation services for people with disabilities in peri-urban areas: A case of Harare in Zimbabwe.

Taurai Nyatsanza., Lilian Chaminuka.

Abstract


Preventing and reducing vulnerability of people living with disabilities are key interventions that will determine
the quality of life. The study focused on an analysis of provision of clean water to this special population in four
peri-urban areas around the city of Harare, namely Whitecliff, Hopely, Caledonia and Epworth. The population
included people with disabilities living in the four areas. The study was a descriptive survey where data from
four local clinics was collected through clinics’ records, key informant interviews and focus group discussion. The
collected data provided information on cases of water-borne diseases and diseases emanating from unsafe waste
disposal. The findings showed that people with disabilities had limited access to proper sanitation and practiced
open defecation. Diseases from unsafe sanitation, unhygienic practices as well as dirty water were found to be
more virulent. It recommended that investment in safe sanitation will generate a return which is of similar order to
a country’s spending on health service. Infrastructure such as water sources and communications which are often
taken for granted should be upgraded so that they are user friendly. Information regarding access to safe drinking
water and sanitation services should be availed in relevant forms of media.

Keywords


People with disabilities, safe drinking water, sanitation, water-borne diseases, waste disposal

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