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Re: Water-borne diseases in DHS [message #3290 is a reply to message #3272] Tue, 18 November 2014 13:01 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
Liz-DHS
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Registered: February 2013
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Dear User,
I checked with one of our experts, Dr. Joanna Lowell:

Guinea Worm and Schitosomasis are waterborne

Any waterborne disease questions other than diarrhea would be country-specific in our surveys. I did a quick check and found that in the Nigeria DHS 2008 survey they did ask questions in the household regarding tropical diseases.
Onchoceriasis
QH34 In the last 12 months has (NAME) taken any drug for River Blindness [LOCAL TERM], a disease that causes itchy skin, lumps in the skin and blindness.

Lymphatic Filariasis
QH35 In the last 12 months has (NAME) taken any drug for elephantitis [LOCAL TERM], which causes swelling in the arms and legs?

Guinea Worm
QH36 In the last 12 months have you ever seen a worm emerging from a skin lesion (boil or blister) on (NAME?) This disease is called Guinea Worm.

Schistosomiasis
QH37 In the last 12 months has (NAME) taken any drug for bilharazia [LOCAL TERM], which causes blood in the urine.

Out of these these Guinea Worm and Schitosomasis are waterborne.

In the Peru Continuous surveys QH109 they tested drinking water looking for levels of bacteria.
In Liberia DHS 2013 some water samples were tested but that was separate from the DHS and is not part of the final report.

[Updated on: Tue, 18 November 2014 13:03]

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