(Could I get that
disease? Could that problem happen to me?)
Which questions could you use to determine if this barrier
kept people from taking preventive action (purifying their
The following questions are examples that were used in the
Dominican Republic. Your questions may vary.
What do you think about the quality of water in this
community? Is it pure? Is it pure enough to drink?
Are there people here that get sick from drinking the
water here? How often does that happen? What is in the
water that makes people sick?
Do you think that you will have diarrhea or another
disease caused by dirty water in the next few months?
Do you think that your children will get diarrhea or
another disease caused by dirty water in the next few
- What are the diseases or health problems that you can
get when you drink water that is contaminated or dirty?
Mothers said that, yes, they and their children could
get diarrhea and other bad diseases caused by bad water.
However, they thought that their water was pure. Therefore,
while they believed that they were susceptible to diarrhea,
they believed that they were not susceptible to water-borne
diseases in their current living situation.