Issue 117 – September 20, 2013 | Focus on WASH and Nutrition
This issue contains some of the most recent studies and resources that discuss the integration of WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) with nutrition. Included are a recent webinar on environmental enteropathy, an online tutorial about nutrition programming that has a WASH component, and studies on child height and open defecation. Another resource is the WASHplus online library of WASH and nutrition, which is still under development but contains the resources listed below as well as other recent studies and reports.
USAID Webinar on Environmental Enteropathy (EE) and WASH, Sept 11, 2013. (Link)
This webinar discussed the latest EE findings, including how WASH can be integrated into USAID nutrition and other programs. The webinar was sponsored by the USAID Community of Practice: The Nexus between WASH, Nutrition and Food Security with support from the USAID-funded TOPS program and the WASHplus project. The presenters were Laura Smith, Cornell University and Helen Petach from USAID; Tom Davis of the TOPS Program/Food for the Hungry moderated the program.
Programming for Nutrition Outcomes. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine/DFID. (Link)
Programming for Nutrition Outcomes is a free open-access educational resource, supported by the UK’s Department for International Development. This Master’s-level module has been designed to explore the complicated problem of undernutrition, highlight its multisectoral causes, and identify potential programmatic solutions.
REPORTS (Alphabetical by Title)
Clean, Fed & Nurtured: Joining Forces to Promote Child Growth and Development: A Report on a Consultative Meeting, 2013. (Link, pdf)
This report presents the results of a consultative meeting held on May 2–3, 2013, at FHI 360 in Washington, DC, on the topic Clean, Fed & Nurtured: Joining Forces to Promote Child Growth and Development. Forty-eight practitioners, researchers, and academicians attended the meeting to begin creating linkages across their disciplines of WASH, including hand washing; nutrition, infant and young child feeding in particular; and early childhood development.
Growing Taller Among Toilets: Evidence from Changes in Sanitation and Child Height in Cambodia, 2005–2010. 2013. P Kov, et al. Rice Institute. (Link, pdf)
Child height is an important indicator of human capital and human development, in large part because early life health and net nutrition shape both height and adult economic productivity and health. Recent medical evidence suggests that exposure to poor sanitation and specifically to widespread open defecation can pose a critical threat to child growth. Cambodia saw a significant decline in open defecation and increase in child height between its 2005 and 2010 Demographic and Health Surveys. Results suggest that reduction in children’s exposure to open defecation statistically accounted for much or all of the increase in average child height during this period.