Dreaming of toilets: using photovoice to explore knowledge, attitudes and practices around water-health linkages in rural Kenya

Health Place. 2015 Jan:31:208-15. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.12.007. Epub 2015 Jan 7.


As part of a knowledge, attitudes, practices and empowerment (KAPE) project implemented by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) in the Lake Victoria Basin, this paper reports findings from a photovoice study with women in Usoma, a lakeshore community in Western Kenya. Drawing on ecosocial and political ecology theory, findings reveal that access to water, perceptions and practices were shaped by ecological and broader structural factors. Further, collective actions to improve access were constrained by institutional and economic structures, thus (re)enforcing inequalities.

Keywords: Collective action; Kenya; Photovoice; Practices; Water and sanitation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Kenya
  • Middle Aged
  • Narration
  • Photography
  • Rural Health*
  • Sanitation*