A Method for Rapidly Assessing Context in Urban Communities to Optimise Public Health Interventions: The Case of Water Infrastructure in Sub-Saharan African Cities, (RINSS)


This interdisciplinary project applies a social science approach, the Broad Brush Survey, which offers a rapid way to characterise communities compared to traditional methods.  The goal of this research is to apply the Broad Brush Survey technique to better understand how communities interact with, and are impacted by, formal and informal water and sanitation infrastructure.  4 communities will be surveyed, 2 each in Zambia and South Africa.  

The project is led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) with Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Zambart and University of Zambia (Zambia).  

Funded by GCRF/British Academy under the Urban Infrastructures of Wellbeing Programme, Nov 2019 – Feb 2022

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