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Water Science & Technology Vol 56 No 5 pp 125–131 © IWA Publishing 2007 doi:10.2166/wst.2007.564

A pilot assessment of water, sanitation, hygiene and home-based care services for people living with HIV/AIDS in rural and peri-urban communities in South Africa

N. Potgieter*, R. Koekemoer* and P. Jagals** 

*Department of Microbiology, University of Venda, Private Bag X5050, Thohoyandou, 0950, Limpopo Province, South Africa (E-mail: nataspo@yebo.co.za)
** Water and Health Research Unit, University of Johannesburg, PO Box 17011, Doornfontein, 2028, Gauteng Province, South Africa


ABSTRACT

A short-term assessment of water, sanitation, hygiene and home-based care services in two rural and two peri-urban communities in South Africa was made using specially designed questionnaires. The results from this assessment indicated the shortcomings of various sections in the service provision to people affected and living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. This paper is a summarised version of the assessment and aims to give an indication of the inadequacies of some of these services.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; home-based care; hygiene; sanitation; water


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