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Perception of drinking water safety and factors influencing acceptance and sustainability of a water quality intervention in rural southern India

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, July 2015
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Title
Perception of drinking water safety and factors influencing acceptance and sustainability of a water quality intervention in rural southern India
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BMC Public Health, July 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-1974-0
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Mark Rohit Francis, Guru Nagarajan, Rajiv Sarkar, Venkata Raghava Mohan, Gagandeep Kang, Vinohar Balraj

Abstract

Acceptance and long-term sustainability of water quality interventions are pivotal to realizing continued health benefits. However, there is limited research attempting to understand the factors that influence compliance to or adoption of such interventions. Eight focus group discussions with parents of young children - including compliant and not compliant households participating in an intervention study, and three key-informant interviews with village headmen were conducted between April and May 2014 to understand perceptions on the effects of unsafe water on health, household drinking water treatment practices, and the factors influencing acceptance and sustainability of an ongoing water quality intervention in a rural population of southern India. The ability to recognize health benefits from the intervention, ease of access to water distribution centers and the willingness to pay for intervention maintenance were factors facilitating acceptance and sustainability of the water quality intervention. On the other hand, faulty perceptions on water treatment, lack of knowledge about health hazards associated with drinking unsafe water, false sense of protection from locally available water, resistance to change in taste or odor of water and a lack of support from male members of the household were important factors impeding acceptance and long term use of the intervention. This study highlights the need to effectively involve communities at important stages of implementation for long term success of water quality interventions. Timely research on the factors influencing uptake of water quality interventions prior to implementation will ensure greater acceptance and sustainability of such interventions in low income settings.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Indonesia 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Ghana 1 <1%
Unknown 231 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 53 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 29 12%
Researcher 23 10%
Student > Bachelor 22 9%
Student > Postgraduate 12 5%
Other 34 15%
Unknown 61 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 29 12%
Engineering 27 12%
Social Sciences 19 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 15 6%
Other 51 22%
Unknown 77 33%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 August 2015.
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#15,340,815
of 22,818,766 outputs
Outputs from BMC Public Health
#11,341
of 14,866 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#153,726
of 263,145 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Public Health
#221
of 283 outputs
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