What is it about?

This study assessed the safety of water used for drinking and domestic purposes in cholera affected communities in East Africa and Uganda in particular. The water sources assessed included the lakes, rivers, springs, ponds and canals. The study found the water not safe for drinking and favored transmission of waterborne diseases such as cholera.

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Why is it important?

This study provides the information required by the stakeholders involved in provision of safe water and in disease prevention to guide the communities to receive basic social services and remain healthy. The policy makers could also use the findings to support the countries to attain the United Nation, Sustainable Development Goals for water and sanitation.


Globally, waterborne diseases such as cholera are responsible for over two million deaths annually. Cholera is a major cause of ill-health in Africa and Uganda yet it is preventable and could be eliminated. This findings could contribute towards prevention and elimination of cholera in communities in study area, in the neighborhood and others with similar conditions in Africa. .

Dr. Godfrey Bwire
Uganda Ministry of Health

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This page is a summary of: The quality of drinking and domestic water from the surface water sources (lakes, rivers, irrigation canals and ponds) and springs in cholera prone communities of Uganda: an analysis of vital physicochemical parameters, BMC Public Health, July 2020, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-09186-3.
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