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Volume 31, Issue 1


Inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene in the South Pacific: how might it be impacting children?

Dani J. Barrington
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  • Department of Marketing, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton 3800, VIC, Australia
  • International WaterCentre, Level 16, 333 Ann Street, Brisbane 4000, QLD, Australia
  • School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Herston Road, Herston 4006, QLD, Australia
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Published Online: 2016-01-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0034


It is detrimental to anyone’s health to live with conditions of inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). Research suggests that the impact is greatest on children, and that poor WaSH conditions during the formative years can lead to decreased physical, mental and social well-being throughout one’s life. Little research has investigated how such poor WaSH conditions are negatively impacting children in the South Pacific region, and hence contributing to disease and social burden. To increase children’s opportunities to develop physically and intellectually in a healthy and sustained manner, it is important that practitioners take a holistic approach to improving WaSH by acknowledging it as a core component of environmental health.

Keywords: enteropathy; Fiji; stunting; WaSH


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About the article

Corresponding author: Dani J. Barrington, Department of Marketing, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton 3800, VIC, Australia; International WaterCentre, Level 16, 333 Ann Street, Brisbane 4000, QLD, Australia; and School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Herston Road, Herston 4006, QLD, Australia, Phone: +(61) 412 528 402, E-mail:

Received: 2015-10-07

Accepted: 2015-10-13

Published Online: 2016-01-20

Published in Print: 2016-03-01

Citation Information: Reviews on Environmental Health, Volume 31, Issue 1, Pages 159–162, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0034.

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