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The meanings of water: Socio-Cultural perceptions of solar disinfected (SODIS) drinking water in Bolivia and implications for its uptake

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dc.contributor.author Nuño Martínez, N
dc.contributor.author Muela Ribera, J.
dc.contributor.author Hausmann-Muela, S.
dc.contributor.author Cevallos, M.
dc.contributor.author Hartinger, S.M.
dc.contributor.author Christen, A.
dc.contributor.author Mäusezahl, D.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-14T00:02:36Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-14T00:02:36Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12866/8353
dc.description.abstract Solar disinfection (SODIS) of drinking water is a cost-effective household water treatment (HWT) method. Despite its simplicity of use, evidence suggest that SODIS water uptake remains lower than implementers planned. In this paper, we investigate socio-cultural factors associated with SODIS water uptake in rural Andean Bolivia. We conducted 28 semi-structured in-depth interviews and six focus group discussions within the framework of a community randomised trial to assess the uptake of SODIS water in the Bolivian Andes. Participants argued that SODIS does not produce an attractive type of drinking water despite acknowledging that SODIS represents a simple, safe, low-cost, and easy method of preparing safe drinking water. Attitudes towards SODIS water reflected local interpretations of water, health, and illness. The taste of SODIS water, the invisibility of water-borne pathogens, and habituation to untreated water represented the main barriers to SODIS water uptake. Alternative culturally adapted SODIS promotional campaigns (e.g., using herbs and additives to improve SODIS water taste) can increase its perceived desirability. en_US
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher MDPI
dc.relation.ispartof urn:issn:2073-4441
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/restrictedAccess
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.es
dc.subject Cost effectiveness en_US
dc.subject Cultural meanings en_US
dc.subject diarrheal disease en_US
dc.subject drinking water en_US
dc.subject hygiene en_US
dc.subject Local interpretation en_US
dc.subject Bolivia en_US
dc.subject Potable water en_US
dc.subject Promotional campaign en_US
dc.subject public attitude en_US
dc.subject questionnaire survey en_US
dc.subject Sociocultural factors en_US
dc.subject SODIS en_US
dc.subject water treatment en_US
dc.subject Water treatment en_US
dc.subject Water-borne pathogens en_US
dc.title The meanings of water: Socio-Cultural perceptions of solar disinfected (SODIS) drinking water in Bolivia and implications for its uptake en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/w12020442
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#3.02.00 es_PE
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#1.05.11
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#4.01.08
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#1.06.03

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