Topic of the Week – WASH and Nutrition

Each week, Sanitation Updates will post links to some of the most recent studies, events, etc. on a particular topic. Please leave a comment if you have suggestions for topics.

Topic of the Week – WASH and Nutrition 

Improving Nutrition Outcomes with Better Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Practical Solutions for Policy and Programmes, 2016. WHO; UNICEF; USAID. This document, summarizes the current evidence of the benefits of WASH for improving nutrition outcomes.

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Nutrition in Bangladesh: Can Building Toilets Affect Children’s Growth? 2016. World Bank. This report examines the potential impact of WASH on undernutrition and is the first report that undertakes a thorough review and discussion of WASH and nutrition in Bangladesh.

Sanitation and Nutrition: Should We Link Them Together in Our Development Actions? Ideas for Development, Jan 2016. In the field, few development actors include nutrition in their water and sanitation operations. Why do they fail to take it into account? What are the barriers?

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth and Environmental Enteropathy in Bangladeshi Children. mBio, Jan. 2016. Recent studies suggest small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is common among developing world children. Findings suggest linear growth faltering and poor sanitation are associated with SIBO.

Why Are Indian Kids Smaller Than African Kids? Hint: It’s Not Race. Huffington Post, Jan. 14, 2016. There is a widespread lack of adequate and diverse food intake among young children, which needs to be addressed in both India and poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa. However, in India there is an additional and unexpected villain in the piece: a lack of toilets.

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