Evaluation of Household Knowledge on Water Supply, Hygiene and Sanitation Practices in So-Ava District (South Benin)

Oswald F. Dan, D. Mathieu Maurice Ahouansou, Luc O. Sintondji, Elliott R. Dossou-Yovo, Dodji Amouzouvi


The adoption of good practices in access to water, hygiene and sanitation is very important for the well-being and socio-economic development of any community. The objective of the study was to evaluate the knowledge and practices that households adopt regarding water supply, hygiene and sanitation. For this, a survey was conducted among 386 households in the seven districts of the commune of Sô-Ava. The data collected was analyzed using the XLSTAT 17 software and the Excel Spreadsheet. The results obtained show that in the commune of Sô-Ava, drilling is the most used water source and that nearly 66.33% of households do not cover their containers during the transport of water with a rate that varies from 2.85 to 25.39% from one borough to another. Sô-Ava is the district that has the highest number of latrines is that with a rate of 3.11%. In addition, most households dispose of their garbage and wastewater either in the wild or in the water body in the absence of a waste collection system. The low level of hygiene and sanitation observed could affect the quality of drinking water and hence the health of the population.

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European Scientific Journal (ESJ)


ISSN: 1857 - 7881 (Print)
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