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Title:The relationship between HIV and AIDS and water scarcity in Nyamakate resettlements land, north-central Zimbabwe
Authors:Mbereko, Alexio
Scott, DianneISNI
Chimbari, Moses John
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research (ISSN 1727-9445)
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
water shortage
water supply
External link:https://doi.org/10.2989/16085906.2016.1247735
Abstract:HIV and AIDS and water variability have been studied separately, yet, they impact on rural households simultaneously in an interactive manner. The study provide narratives on various realities from a study in the Nyamakate community that illustrates the dialectical relationship between HIV and AIDS and water scarcity. A qualitative research methodology was employed, and the following data collection tools were used: semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions (FGDs) and participant observations. The study showed that in the Nyamakate area, HIV- and AIDS-affected households utilise more water if there is a bedridden patient. Such households utilise an average of 145 litres per day and reported a water shortage of 103 litres per day. Although community rules and customs stipulate that water should be accessible to everyone, exclusion of HIV- and AIDS-affected households is underlined by cultural issues, scorn at poor levels of hygiene, infectious opportunistic infections and labour shortage, which limited access to water points by households directly affected by HIV and AIDS. In cases where women were overwhelmed with caregiving roles, men fetch water. We conclude that HIV and AIDS and water scarcity are dialectically related and hence should be considered in an interactive manner in order to understand the challenges faced by affected households. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]