On The Radio – UI grad student studies water in Haiti

Joanna Krajewski (far left) during her 2013 trip to Haiti. (Joanna Krajewski/blogspot)
Nick Fetty | April 11, 2016

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at a University of Iowa graduate student who is combining her interests in public health and health communication to study water issues in Haiti.  

Transcript: UI grad student studies water in Haiti

A University of Iowa graduate student is working on water quality issues in the western hemisphere’s poorest country.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Joanna Krajewski – a doctoral candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication – recently returned from her third trip to Haiti where she has worked on issues involving water quality and availability.

Krajewski first travelled to Haiti in 2012 as part of her practicum project for her Master’s in Public Health at the UI. During that time she worked with the Iowa-based Community Health Initiative-Haiti group on their Clean Water Project.

Specifically, Krajewski has worked with a system that aims to eliminate cholera and other waterborne diseases from drinking water, which if untreated can be fatal for infants and young children in developing countries around the world.

Krajewski credits her experience to the UI’s water sustainability related IndiaWinterim course in January 2012 with helping her to realize how she could connect her public health coursework to the global water sector.

Krajewski: “My experiences in India and Haiti have definitely amplified my passion for studying global water issues and I think in large part this passion is fuelled by the outrage I feel about the burden of waterborne diseases especially on women and children in the developing world and how so much of much of this illness, suffering, and death could be prevented.”

For more information about Krajewski’s work, visit Iowa-Environmental-Focus-dot-org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

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