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Title:Effects of water scarcity on women in pastoral areas: a case study of Melela Ward in Mvomero District - Morogoro, Tanzania
Authors:Ngomuo, A.
Msoka, A.
Periodical:Utafiti (ISSN 0856-096X)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:water supply
drinking water
gender roles
External link:http://ossrea.net/publications/images/utafiti_vol_1_no_12.pdf
Abstract:A study was conducted in Melela village of Mvomero District, Tanzania, to gather information on water scarcity and its effects on women's lives. Melela Ward is a pastoral area, with an estimated population of 292,505 people. It has only one water source serving the whole population. The water source is contaminated by human beings, animals and chemical pollutants from gold mines around the area. The authors recommend that: 1. the community should be mobilized to create awareness of the health hazards and to look for alternative means to get safe, sufficient and sustainable water, within community reach, e.g. by water harvesting; 2. a village water committee that involves both men and women should be established; 3. the community should collect money for constructing a well in the primary school; 4. a furrow should be constructed from the water source to a place where animals can drink without causing contamination; 5. trees should be planted to improve the water cycle; and 6. government and development agencies should help the community to access safe water closer to home. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]