Household water insecurity is associated with a range of negative consequences among pregnant Kenyan women of mixed HIV status

Natalie R. Krumdieck, Shalean M. Collins, Pauline Wekesa, Patrick Mbullo, Godfred O. Boateng, Maricianah Onono, Sera L. Young*

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Abstract

Water insecurity (WI) is a serious and worsening problem worldwide, but its role in health outcomes among people living with HIV or pregnant women is unknown. We assessed experiences of WI in a cohort of 323 pregnant Kenyan women of mixed HIV status. The majority (77.7%) had at least one experience of WI in the previous month; it was associated with negative economic, nutrition, disease, and psychosocial outcomes. A standardized cross-culturally valid household WI scale would facilitate assessment of the prevalence and consequences of WI, and increased attention to WI could reveal an overlooked, but modifiable, cause of adverse HIV outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1028-1031
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Water and Health
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2016

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Kenya
  • Water insecurity
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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