Understanding water perceptions in limpopo province: A photovoice community assessment

Tim Cunningham, Nisha Botchwey, Vhonani Netshandama, Jane R. Boissevain, Karen Firehock, Gerard Learmonth, Garrick Louis, Rebecca Dillingham

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Abstract

The authors implemented a modified photovoice project, Ngudo Nga Zwinepe (NNZ) (Learning through Photos), in a village in Limpopo Province, South Africa where water resources are scarce and often contaminated. This project is a first step in a collaboration between the University of Virginia and the University of Venda to develop a model for sustainable water, health and environmental development. NNZ engaged community representatives in an effort to assess and improve the community's water system. These participants presented the study results to their community, promoting local buy-in. The research team used content analysis methodologies to develop codes and themes regarding water beliefs. Contrary to the researchers' expectation, the participants did not prioritize the health risks of contaminated water over infrastructure and financing issues. To maintain community engagement throughout the larger project, the researchers must address the community's primary concerns in the shorter-term while developing educational strategies regarding the health risks of contaminated water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, iCBBE 2009
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, iCBBE 2009 - Beijing, China
Duration: Jun 11 2009Jun 13 2009

Publication series

Name3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, iCBBE 2009

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, iCBBE 2009
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period6/11/096/13/09

Keywords

  • Community assessment
  • Community based participatory research
  • Limpopo Province, South Africa
  • Photovoice
  • Rural environment
  • Water perceptions

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