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Small-Scale Sustainable Water Project Decreases Infections, Complements Short-Term Medical Missions

Johanson, Linda; Claypool, Carol

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000472
Feature: missions/research

ABSTRACT: Many communities in developing countries do not have access to clean water, which is essential to health. This project involved the installation of clean water filters in two rural Guatemalan villages, a small-scale sustainable community project proposed by a short-term medical mission team and accomplished in partnership with local missionaries. The percentage of infections in adult visitors to medical clinics was assessed pre- and post-installation of filters, and although not statistically significant, decreased.

Linda Johanson, EdD, RN, is an associate professor in the nursing department at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. She has been a nurse educator since 1980 and is a regular volunteer for medical mission work.

Carol Claypool, EdD, is cofounder and co-CEO of Give and Teach, which has Christian missionary outreach to rural communities near Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Accepted by peer-review 4/5/2017.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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