Water cost and availability: key determinants of family hygiene in a Peruvian shantytown.

@article{Gilman1993WaterCA,
  title={Water cost and availability: key determinants of family hygiene in a Peruvian shantytown.},
  author={Robert H. Gilman and Grace S Marquis and Giovanni Rinaldi y Paolo Ventura and Miguel {\'A}ngel Canela Campos and William M. Spira and Francisco Rodr{\'i}guez D{\'i}az},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  year={1993},
  volume={83 11},
  pages={1554-8}
}
OBJECTIVES This study was conducted to determine whether poor hygiene practices are owing to difficulty in getting enough water and/or to ignorance of sanitary principles. METHODS In a water-scarce shantytown in Lima, Peru, we observed in 12-hour periods over 3 consecutive days the amount of water and soap used for personal and domestic activities in 53 families and the frequency with which direct fecal contamination of hands was interrupted by washing. We also surveyed women in a similar… CONTINUE READING