Household water sharing: A missing link in international health

Justin Stoler*, Alexandra Brewis, Leila M. Harris, Amber Wutich, Amber L. Pearson, Asher Y. Rosinger, Roseanne C. Schuster, Sera L. Young

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

36 Scopus citations


Water insecurity massively undermines health, especially among impoverished and marginalized communities. Emerging evidence shows that household-to-household water sharing is a widespread coping strategy in vulnerable communities. Sharing can buffer households from the deleterious health effects that typically accompany seasonal shortages, interruptions of water services and natural disasters. Conversely, sharing may also increase exposure to pathogens and become burdensome and distressing in times of heightened need. These water sharing systems have been almost invisible within global health research but need to be explored, because they can both support and undermine global public health interventions, planning and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-165
Number of pages3
JournalInternational health
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • Multiple water sources
  • water insecurity
  • water policy
  • water sharing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Household water sharing: A missing link in international health'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this