Paschal Awingura Apanga, MBChB, MPH, PhD
Candidate in Epidemiology School of Public Health, University of Nevada
Master of Public Health, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Thursday, February 24 from 4 - 5:00 p.m. in Ford Hall, Theatre Room 122.
"The interrelationship between water access, exclusive breastfeeding and diarrheal disease in children across 19 African countries."
More than two-thirds of people in Sub-Saharan Africa leave their homes each day to fetch water, with women being the primary water collectors. Research has shown that when women have access to an improved water supply and are able to practice exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) maternal and child health outcomes improve.
However, few studies have been equipped to assess the interdependencies between access to improved water, practicing exclusive breastfeeding and child health. The primary aim of this study was to assess whether access to an improved water supply and water-fetching were associated with a mothers’ practice of exclusive breastfeeding. The secondary aims were to characterize the association between access to an improved water supply and diarrhea prevalence, and between EBF and diarrhea prevalence in children five months old or less.