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Your Environment. Your Health.

Slum Communities in Uganda

Centre University at Albany
David O. Carpenter
Principal Investigator
University at Albany
John Ssempebwa
Makerere University
Description of cohort Residents of two urban slums near Kampala were trained in basic sanitation and use of chlorine tablets to purify drinking water.
Location of cohort Kampala, Uganda
Chemicals/Exposures studied Drinking water contaminated with infectious organisms
Health or social effects studied rates of infant diarrhea, compliance on hand washing and use of chlorine tablets
Samples collected None
Questionnaires Yes
Key Findings Surface water used for drinking is highly contaminated with infectious organisms and diarrheal disease extremely common, especially in young children.