Health Effects of Carrying Water
Carrying water, particularly on the head, can lead to serious neck and spine injury In June 2019, the Water Institute at UNC published its 12th WaSH Policy Research Digest on the health effects of carrying water. In a review of a paper by Jo-Anne Geere et al. Carrying water may be a major contributor to disability from musculoskeletal disorders in low income countries: a cross-sectional survey in South Africa, Ghana and Vietnam and an accompanying literature review, the authors of the Digest concluded that carrying water, particularly on the head, can lead to serious neck and spine injury. The impacts are felt disproportionately by women and girls, who are the main carriers of water for their households. For decision makers, this means seeking to ensure all households have water on premises, which is one of the parameters of “safely managed” water called for under the Sustainable Development Goals, and developing alternatives to carrying water on the head in areas where water fetching must continue.

This webinar which re-examines the policy implications presented in the Digest will be moderated by Clarissa Brocklehurst, Affiliated Adjunct Faculty Member, The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina.

Panelists will include:

· Jo-Anne Geere, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of East Anglia

· Sareen Malik, Coordinator, African Civil Society Network for Water and Sanitation (ANEW)

· Virginia Roaf, Senior Advisor, Sanitation and Water for All and former advisor to the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

To submit a question to the panelists in advance, email:

Sep 26, 2019 10:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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