In sub-Saharan Africa, a shorter walk to water saves lives

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Girls hauling water to hand water gardens in Benin.
Photo credit: 
Jennifer Burney

More than eight of every ten homes in sub-Saharan Africa lack running water. A new study by FSE affiliated fellow Jenna Davis and Woods postdoctoral fellow Amy Pickering shows that reducing the amount of time spent fetching water can improve the health of young children in this region.