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Is collecting drinking water safe?

Water-insecurity in low- and middle-income countries can cause serious injury, particularly in women, before the water even touches their lips.

The focus on water-insecurity often centers on water access and quality.  But, what goes largely unmeasured, are dangers including falling, traffic accidents, animal attacks, and fights, which can result in broken bones and other physical injuries, from the collection of drinking water.
To better understand the true burden of water-insecurity, a new study was conducted by Northwestern University and used a global dataset across low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The study found that 13% of the participants reported some sort of injury while collecting water and that women were twice as likely to be hurt as men.

Currently, all injuries are not accounted for in calculations for the burden of water insecurity and they should be.
with information from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201104102213.htm

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