Exploring Water Scarcity and Safety in Honduras

February 26, 2021 by Student Estelle Woodcock

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Learning Targets

  • Active Literacy
  • Anthropology and Cultures
  • Creation of an Original Piece
  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Environmental Impact
  • Environmental Law
  • Global Awareness
  • History, Institutions, and Traditions in Society
  • Interpretation
  • Leadership and Community
  • Multicultural Literacy
  • Rhetoric
  • Scientific Concepts
  • Self Direction
  • Teaming and Collaboration

Driving Question: How can I address some of the present threats to global health while promoting human rights and social progress?

Project Overview: In this module, students were introduced to the foundations of global health. They learned about basic concepts, measurements, and determinants of health, and a number of key perspectives for considering global health issues.

For her project, Estelle explored water scarcity in Honduras, which leads to a lack of basic sanitation and clean water for up to 1.8 million people. Non-communicable diseases in Honduras attributed to water cause a DALY rate of 4,540 per 100,000 people. Disease spreads through contaminated food and water tanks, and poor management, climate change, and political unrest worsen the issue.

Project Reflection: “Exploring the niche of environmental global health opened my mind to so many new areas of interest in this field.  I thoroughly enjoyed this module and felt like the skills will be very applicable to other modules.”