Special Issue "Evaluation of Rural Water Systems and Public Health"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Charlotte D. Smith
School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 50 University Hall #7360, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
Website: http://sph.berkeley.edu/charlotte-smith
E-Mail: charlottesmith@berkeley.edu
Interests: impact assessment and evaluation of rural water systems and public health programs in rural Central American communities; microbial ecology of waterborne pathogens; bacterial endosymbionts of free-living protozoa

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Millennium Development Goal of reducing the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 50% is reported to be ahead of schedule (with respect to water access). However, a variety of questions may be posed in scrutinizing this claim: Are estimates of unidentified villages and un-named inhabitants appropriate for inclusion in global summaries concerning the burden of disease (that is incident to a lack of access to safe water)? What monitoring and reporting strategies exist to quantify the impacts of “improved” water systems? When impact assessments are performed, are the evaluation processes and the resulting information transparent and accessible to those served by the water system, as well as to those responsible for the oversight of said systems? With over 200 non-governmental organizations reporting delivery of water treatment systems to rural communities, can we be assured that the systems are effectively removing contaminants? This Special Issue focuses on the evaluation of rural water systems. Papers evaluating these systems from a public health perspective are invited.

Dr. Charlotte D. Smith
Guest Editor


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  • rural water
  • capacity
  • health outcomes
  • sustainability
  • evaluation
  • oversight
  • maintenance
  • participation
  • impact assessment
  • transparency

Published Papers (2 papers)

by , , , , , ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(6), 6069-6084; doi:10.3390/ijerph110606069
Received: 16 January 2014; in revised form: 19 May 2014 / Accepted: 3 June 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014
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by , , , ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(5), 5251-5272; doi:10.3390/ijerph110505251
Received: 10 February 2014; in revised form: 16 April 2014 / Accepted: 8 May 2014 / Published: 15 May 2014
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Last update: 11 February 2014

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