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People with physical impairments across the developing world face problems of access and use of water and
sanitation (WATSAN) facilities that have not been designed with their needs in mind. Research carried out
in 2007 used Accessibility Audits and household interviews (including disabled participants in the research
team) in order to identify physical barriers to access and use in two rural locations in Mali. Consultation
and observation aimed to provide ideas and the production of adaptations to existing facilities. The research
found that transportation and access to facilities can act as a primary barrier in water collection. Simple
equipment can aid the use of latrines. However, provisions should not be provided alone - without consideration
of factors that make access difficult and unhygienic.