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Saint Michael's College

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Fall 2016

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Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management


This project examined the solid waste management of disposable diapers in three locations, Stone Town, Mangapwani and Vikokotoni, within Zanzibar, Tanzania. Its methods included field observations of the solid waste disposal system in Zanzibar and interviews with women about their rationales for buying and using disposable diapers. For one of the first times, the data collected during this project will further assist to educate women about the benefits of cloth diapers and the negative effects disposable diapers create for Zanzibari families and the environment. This study has observed one of the most growing concerns regarding excess solid waste contributing to unsanitary living conditions and the lack of landfill space in Zanzibar. Recommendations were made to local hospitals interacting with perspective mothers and mothers with young children, along with methods to raise public awareness on the subject of household waste and sanitation.


African Studies | Environmental Education | Environmental Policy | Environmental Public Health | Health Communication | Maternal and Child Health | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Urban, Community and Regional Planning


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