Effect of Health Education on Water Handling Practices in Rural Pondicherry


The purpose of this study is to assess the drinking water handling practices at household level and to determine the effect of health education on the drinking water handling. Participants from study villages, mainly homemakers, school children and water tank operators who are willing to participate, will be targeted.

Baseline assessment of household practices related to water will be done. Followed by a health education regarding the healthy practices will be given to them. Practice of household water chlorination will be promoted. The healthy behavior will be reinforced through reminders and community activities of self help groups for one year.

The study participants will be benefited from survey in terms of

1. Improved knowledge and practices of drinking water handling

2. Risk reduction of water borne illness to family members

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Prevention
    • Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: April 2014


  • Behavioral: Health education
    • Health education will include 1. Importance and demonstration of hygienic practices for safe drinking water 2. Promotion of water purification 3. Capacity building of community for safe water availability.

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: Health education
    • The arm includes all the villages under study. Health education will be provided targeting following groups: 1. Home makers 2. School children 3. Water tank operators.

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Number of subjects following hygienic drinking water handling practices
    • Time Frame: Outcome measure will be assessed at baseline and after one year of health education intervention.

Secondary Measures

  • Number of subjects with improved knowledge and practices related to water borne illnesses
    • Time Frame: Outcome measure will be assessed at baseline and after one year of health education intervention.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Subjects of five study villages

Exclusion Criteria

  • Those who anticipate to move out of study area in next one year

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: N/A

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Arun Ghorpade, Assistant Professor – Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Arun G Ghorpade, MD, Principal Investigator, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Pondicherry
  • Overall Contact(s)
    • Arun G Ghorpade, MD, 919244402234, drarunghorpade@gmail.com

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