October 2017 Update

Another exciting, productive month for HWISE!


Members of the consortium are currently using the HWISE data to investigate interesting, important topics. If you have analyses you’d like to perform, please read the above section regarding how to propose other analyses.

  • How water insecurity may impact infant feeding (Roseanne Schuster, Maggie Butler)
  • How worry over water impacts perceived stress (Amber Pearson, Ashley Hagaman, Cassie Workman)
  • Describing water sharing practices, which includes both borrowing and loaning (Amber Wutich)
  • Subjective assessment of the severity of various water insecurity items in Ethiopia (Kenny Maes, Yihenew Tesfaye)
  • How water insecurity experiences differ between men and women in Tanzania (Vicky Santoso, Shalean Collins, and Sera Young)

Congratulations to Amber Wutich et al. on their recently accepted paper in Water Security, “Advancing methods for household water insecurity research: Studying entitlements and capabilities, socio-cultural dynamics, and political processes, institutions and governance.” We will share the PDF once the paper is released by the journal.

At the August HWISE Conference, you may have had the pleasure of speaking with two undergraduate Northwestern journalists. The fruits of their interviews and observations can be found here and here.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recognizes the importance and relevance of our research! At the Water Technology & Environment Control (WATEC) Conference in Israel, Rahm Emanuel praised the collaborative efforts of research scientists to better understand water insecurity, including that of our own. Check out the full story here!


  • Data entry has recently been completed for the following sites:
    • Mérida, Mexico
    • Arua, Uganda
    • Ethiopia
  • New study sites have been added in India, Samoa, Guatemala, and Bangladesh. Excitingly, the two study locations in Bangladesh are DHS sites.
  • A very small subset of HWISE questions will be used in a survey in Flint, MI, thanks to Dan Kruger at University of Michigan
  • In total, we have cleaned data for 3,392 participants across 11 sites


  • Accra, Ghana (n=229)
  • Bahir Dar, Ethiopia (n=259)
  • Dushanbe, Tajikistan (n=225)
  • Honda, Colombia (n=252)
  • Kahemba, DRC (n=406)
  • Kampala, Uganda (n=246)
  • Kathmandua, Nepal (n=263)
  • Kisumu, Kenya (n=250)
  • Lagos, Nigeria (n=236)
  • Lilongwe, Malawi (n=303)
  • Singida, Tanzania (n=723)


  • Arua, Uganda (n=120)
  • Mérida, Mexico (n=170)
  • Pecem & Ceará, Brazil


  • Acatenango, Guatemala
  • Chakooriya & Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Beni, Bolivia
  • Gressier & Léogâne, Haiti
  • Pune, India
  • Morogoro, Tanzania
  • Samoa
  • San Ramón, Costa Rica
  • Torreón, Mexico

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