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Africa, the water’s weight places on women’s shoulders


More than 75 percent of the sub-Saharan African population travels long distances to collect clean water for daily use, carrying out of the sources to their homes. Much of this task rests on the shoulders of 14 million women and 3 million girls, mostly teenagers, forced to make daily trips of at least half an hour.

This is shown by a new joint study published on PLoS ONE and led by researchers at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University and Korea University in Seoul.

The three scholars to carry out research examined the situation in 24 sub-Saharan Africa countries, using a series of data compiled by the World Bank, UNICEF and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

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