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Thanks to Jenny Lah for sharing this article on early life health in India by Simon Denyer of the Washington Post. The graphic that accompanies the story is especially well done. Thanks Jenny!...Read More..

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Much of my work these days has been about the importance of sanitaiton for children's health and growth into tall, smart adults. This is especially important in India, where over half of housholds do not use toilets or latrines. The...Read More..

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Sometimes, when people think of how to address poor health in India, they think of expanding access to health care. But, as this new study published in Health Affairs recently by Jishnu Das, Alaka Holla, Veena Das, Manoj Mohanan, Diana...Read More..

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Happy world toilet day!

By Dean Spears, on November 19th, 2012

November 19th is World Toilet Day: http://www.worldtoiletday.org/   I confess I don't know where the $1 to $5 comes from, and I wouldn't focus on respiratory infections, but instead chronic intestinal disease keeping children from growing healthy, tall, and smart...Read More..

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EPW: Toilets can be temples

By Dean Spears, on October 19th, 2012

Economic and Political Weekly argues that "Indians have to accept that sanitation is not a dirty word." http://www.epw.in/editorials/toilets-can-be-temples.html All of this comes out of the "Nirmal Bharat Yatra" -- a cross-country trip intended to raise awareness and support for the...Read More..

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We're excited to announce that rice will be hosting a conference in Delhi in the summer of 2013, along with our partners, the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme, SHARE at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and...Read More..

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An editorial in today’s Economic Times – a leading Indian newspaper – cited rice’s research to make an important point. Open defecation is not merely a health problem. Because early life disease keeps children from growing into tall adults and...Read More..

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An oldie but a goodie

By Diane Coffey, on September 15th, 2012

Today, as I'm working on an extended abstract for a project about women's status and child health in India, I've been reviewing this wonderful 1996 essay written three UNICEF affiliates. I honestly can't remember if I've posted this before, but...Read More..

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Eating medicine

By Diane Coffey, on August 24th, 2012

Here, the minute you mention to people that you aren’t feeling well, they ask, “did you take medicine?” Actually, the direct translation of the question would be: “did you eat medicine?” I’m not a huge fan of taking medication, so,...Read More..

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Business Standard has published another op-ed, this one focused on incentive compatible policy solutions for open defecation: Getting what you pay for. We typically write here about open defecation in India, but it's important to be aware of suffering in...Read More..

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Electricity in the news!

By Dean Spears, on August 1st, 2012

I'm sure you've all been reading about the enormous power outage. Hundreds of millions of people rich enough to have electricity at all, but not so rich as to have their own generators (which is, in fact, interestingly common) lost...Read More..

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Today Business Standard -- which calls itself India's leading business newspaper, something like an Indian Wall Street Journal -- published an op-ed about sanitation in India and the TSC. It's nice to see a financial newspaper taking the opportunity to...Read More..

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Infant mortality

By Diane Coffey, on July 29th, 2012

This was a tough week. When I left Sitapur in the last days of March, I said good-bye to 21 women who I had been visiting weekly throughout February and March. Three were pregnant, and 18 had little babies, all...Read More..

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Thanks to new friends at LBSNAA

By Dean Spears, on July 13th, 2012

Yesterday I had the fun opportunity to present my sanitation research at LBSNAA, the training institute for Indian Administrative Service officers. We met with the 2010 class, almost finished with their two years of training. These folks will go on...Read More..

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I just added three new papers to our research. Two are about sanitation in India, in preparation for NCAER's upcoming India Policy Forum, where I will talk about the Total Sanitation Campaign. One, "Sanitation and open defecation explain international variation...Read More..

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Poop for sale

By Dean Spears, on June 9th, 2012

Diane and I are glad to be back in India – where it is hot – and Avinash will be joining us in just a few days. I started the week in Seattle seeing old friends and making new friends...Read More..

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