Sanitation & nutrition: WaSH Policy Research Digest, August 2016. UNC Water Institute.
Detailed Review of a Recent Publication: Improved sanitation results in taller children in Mali. Pickering, A.J. et al., 2015. Effect of a community-led sanitation intervention on child diarrhoea and child growth in rural Mali: A cluster-randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Global Health, 3(11), pp.e701–e711.
Key Policy and Programmatic Takeaways
- Well-implemented Community Led Total Sanitation can increase latrine use: A sanitation program in Mali led to the construction and use of latrines that were affordable and acceptable to the users.
- Sanitation improvements decrease stunting: The intervention resulted in reductions in stunting among children, measured by height and weight data.
- Stunting can be considered a useful measure of health impact: Use of height and weight data demonstrated health impacts not shown by diarrhea data alone.