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Determinants of access to improved sanitation facilities in rural districts of southern Ghana: evidence from Dodowa Health and Demographic Surveillance Site

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Research Notes, July 2018
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Title
Determinants of access to improved sanitation facilities in rural districts of southern Ghana: evidence from Dodowa Health and Demographic Surveillance Site
Published in
BMC Research Notes, July 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13104-018-3572-6
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Authors

David Etsey Akpakli, Alfred Kwesi Manyeh, Jonas Kofi Akpakli, Vida Kukula, Margaret Gyapong

Abstract

Access to improved sanitation facilities is critical to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. However, globally, over 2.5 billion people live without access to safe sanitation facilities and more than 40% of the world population, do not use a toilet, but defecate in the open or in unsanitary places. In Ghana, only 14% of the population have access to improved sanitation facilities with great disparities between rural (8%) and urban (19%) dwellers. This paper sought to examine the determinants of access to improved sanitation facilities by households among rural dwellers in two districts in southern Ghana. This study, which involved 16,353 household heads from the Dodowa Health and Demographic Surveillance System, found that sanitation facilities used by households were significantly influenced by age, gender, level of education, occupation, marital and socioeconomic status of household heads. It further revealed that a large proportion (85.94%) of the study participants did not have access to improved sanitation facilities. The study therefore recommends that the national sanitation laws must strictly be enforced to ensure each household in Ghana has decent and hygienic toilet facility.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 26 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 6 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 23%
Researcher 5 19%
Student > Master 3 12%
Student > Postgraduate 2 8%
Other 4 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 11 42%
Nursing and Health Professions 4 15%
Environmental Science 3 12%
Engineering 2 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 8%
Other 4 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 July 2018.
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#8,290,296
of 13,226,211 outputs
Outputs from BMC Research Notes
#1,492
of 2,986 outputs
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#159,004
of 266,755 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Research Notes
#1
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