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Title:Environmental Health Interventions in Egyptian Villages
Authors:Katsha, Samiha elISNI
Watts, SusanISNI
Periodical:The Community Development Journal: An International Journal for Community Workers
Geographic term:Egypt
Subjects:rural women
public health
rural areas
water supply
hazardous wastes
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
External link:http://search.proquest.com/pao/docview/1304157543
Abstract:This study, based on research carried out in two Egyptian delta villages between March 1986 and March 1990, suggests a model of how villagers, both women and men, but especially women, and local leaders can learn to work with and participate in the formal organizational structure of the local government in order to achieve improvements in local environmental conditions. Three clusters of interventions were identified in this case study. In village A, a broken standpipe needed repair and regular maintenance. The second intervention involved sullage and garbage collection systems in both villages. In village B, a very high water table resulted in standing water, overflowing septic tanks and damp houses. Here, plans were initiated for the installation of a piped sewerage system. The paper concludes that attempts at improving village sanitary conditions are directly related to the complexity of the administrative organization involved. It suggests a holistic, partnership approach to water and sanitation activities, and other rural development projects. Bibliogr., sum.