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New WaSH Policy Research Digest: Sanitation And Nutrition

06 Oct 2016

Digest 4

The Water Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) has published the most recent edition of their WaSH Policy Research Digest series, focusing on the link between sanitation and nutrition.

Key Policy and Programmatic Takeaway

  • 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.

The Digests are intended to be an easy-to-access knowledge and information resource, helping users navigate the myriad of (often cumbersome, and sometimes conflicting) research journals and publications to extract relevant policy advice. Published quarterly, the Digests are composed of two sections: the first summarizes and explains the significance of recently published research or analysis, highlighting implications for WaSH policy, the second section focuses on one policy-relevant topic with a synthesis of available literature.

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