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The sanitaiton and stunting international decomposition paper has been released as a World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, and Dean has written a guest blog post about it at Development Impact: The toilet gap: How much of differences across developing...Read More..

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We've just added two new working papers to rice's research tab. The first, by Diane Coffey, Reetika Khera, and Dean Spears, "Women's status and children's height in India: Evidence from joint rural households" examines joint rural households in India to...Read More..

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Lawrence Haddad of the Institute of Development Studies has been kind enough to review rice's recent paper on the international link between sanitation and stunting on his blog Development Horizons. He makes several interesting points, including, quite correctly, that the...Read More..

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Hello! I'm writing from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where we are one day into an exciting workshop organized by the Gates Foundation about learning from monitoring and evaluation of sanitation projects. I'll write more about that tomorrow, after a day of...Read More..

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The community-led total sanitation website at the Institute of Development Studies has recently posted a four-page research brief summarizing rice's findings on the importance of open defecation for children's height and stunting. You can read it online at: http://www.communityledtotalsanitation.org/resource/sanitation-and-stunting-how-much-international-variation-child-height-can-open-defecation hat...Read More..

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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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