How can I prevent health problems from working with water

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Clean water helps keep everyone healthy. All over the world, people are working together to improve health by organizing community water projects. But women are often left out of the meetings and decisions about these projects, such as where to put community taps, where to dig wells, and what kind of system to use.

If your community does not have easy access to clean water, work with others to plan and organize a water project. If your community already has a water system, ask for women to be trained in how to fix and take care of the system used for the water supply.

If you live downstream from a factory that dumps chemicals into the water, try to organize your community to work for better conditions.

  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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