Assessing Students’ Knowledge on WASH-Related Diseases

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Water-, sanitation-, and hygiene-related diseases are killing many people each year in developing countries, including Rwanda, and children under the age of five are the most vulnerable. This research assessed human waste disposal practices, knowledge on diseases caused by contact with human faeces, and knowledge on causes and prevention of selected WASH-related diseases. One thousand one hundred and seventy-three students were interviewed out of 2900 students. The results showed, regarding students’ waste disposal practices, that 96.3% use latrines, 20.5% practice open defecation in bushes, and 3.2% defecate in water bodies. Regarding knowledge on diseases caused by contact with human faeces, 56.9% responded that they were aware of cholera, 26.5% of diarrhoea, 2.2% of dysentery, 0.3% of malaria, 0.1% of shigellosis, and 3.8% of typhoid. The majority of the respondents, between 50–99%, could not identify the main causes of the WASH-related diseases. This paper also showed that students lack health knowledge in regard to WASH-related diseases’ causes and prevention. Therefore, the provision of water and sanitation infrastructures should go with the provision of health education on how to avoid these diseases and possible ways to improve the well-being of the students both at home and in their various schools.


  • Khaldoon A Mourad
  • Vincent Habumugisha
  • Bolaji F. Sule
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Pan African University
  • University of Ilorin

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Miljöbioteknik
  • Folkhälsovetenskap, global hälsa, socialmedicin och epidemiologi
  • Pedagogik
Antal sidor8
TidskriftInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Utgåva nummer11
StatusPublished - 2019 jun 10
Peer review utfördJa