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Power of Culture in Sustaining Safe Water and Sanitation Use in Rural Bangladesh ---- An Ethnographic Study

By Azizur Molla

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This study assessed water and sanitation as a cultural practice in rural areas of Southern Bangladesh. It measured E. coli and coliform bacteria levels in surface and groundwater sources in the study area. Factors influencing sustainable water as a resource were assessed, including aquifer characteristics and sanitation routines. Ethnographic surveys of the population were conducted to evaluate knowledge and attitudes regarding water contamination, sanitation, and community intervention methods for providing safe water, better sanitation and healthcare. Data were used to develop a comprehensive view of perceptions about water, tied to sanitation, and a model for contamination pathways in water quality

Publisher: ScholarWorks@GVSU
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:scholarworks.gvsu.edu:fsdg-1317
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