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This post is a little deeper in the scientific details than r.i.c.e. readers may be used to, but I hope you will stick with us, because it is important. Evidence is building up that enteropathy may matter a great deal....Read More..

Next week's issue of EPW will include an article on what comparing children in Bangladesh with children in the neighboring Indian state of West Bengal can tell us about the determinants of child height. Written by Arabinda Ghosh, Aashish Gupta,...Read More..

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Gardiner Harris has a recent series highlighting the terrible air pollution in Delhi and its effects on health. Although I'm no expert on air pollution, I'm not surprised to hear that it is about twice as bad as Beijing, with...Read More..

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Sahelis

By Diane Coffey, on January 13th, 2014

In Hindi, saheli, means “female friend,” and only girls can have sahelis. This post is about two sahelis, Farzana and Suman, who, despite spending years on either side of the same wall, have had very different experiences of motherhood. Farzana...Read More..

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Check out our response to The Hindu's editorial on India's sanitation problem. We were glad to see an editorial highlighting the real and enormous consequences of exceptionally widespread open defecation in India. We could not agree more that India urgently...Read More..

The rice team is busy preparing for the coming months of field research: surveyor training starts this weekend, and Aashish, Diane, and Sangita are talking through last weekend’s pilot qualitative interviews as I write. Yesterday, I presented work in progress...Read More..

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Check out the new photos of life in rural Sitapur posted on the photos tab! Many thanks to Aashish, who among many others things, takes wonderful pictures for rice! He rode around the villages near our house early one morning...Read More..

Recently, Dean and Diane were interviewed about stunting in India for the United Nations Development Program's Zero Hunger Challenge. Dean talked about how sanitation leads to stunting and Diane talked about how women's status impacts children's health in India. Check...Read More..

Could an improving disease environment – which allows people to retain, absorb, and use more of the calories they consume – reduce calorie needs, and explain some of the puzzle of the decline in average calorie consumption in India over...Read More..

Last week I went to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to present our research on sanitation and child height at the UNC Water and Health conference. While traveling, I replaced my old suitcase from Banswara, Rajasthan with a new one, in...Read More..

That's what a new working paper, joint with Sneha Lamba, seems to suggest. Read the paper here: "Effects of Early-Life Exposure to Sanitation on Childhood Cognitive Skills: Evidence from India's Total Sanitation Campaign." Some of you may have seen an...Read More..

Today we have a guest post from our wonderful colleague/guide/interpreter in Bangladesh, Zubair Karim. Zubair, thanks so much for your perspective and for all of your help on the trip! It really would not have been nearly as successful without...Read More..

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New Paper based on New Data

By Aashish Gupta, on September 17th, 2013

Check out this new paper by Oliver, Dean and Arabinda in PLOS One, based on new data on stunting from the recent Hungama Survey, and sanitation data from the Indian census. The Hindu reported the findings of the paper, too....Read More..

I just posted a preliminary draft of a new working paper that suggests that open defecation is an important cause of anemia, a disease which affects large numbers of children in India, causing cognitive and developmental delays. In case you...Read More..

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Everybody interested in the determinants of population average heights should read this new paper by Timothy Hatton, available here: http://www.west-info.eu/files/Research-Oxford-Journal-2013.pdf The message remains clear: population heights are not fixed, immutable essences but reflect environmental, nutritional, and early-life health conditions. When...Read More..

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Here at rice we have a big focus on sanitation and the problems that it causes for kids’ health, but we are often reminded that lots of things are going wrong for infant and child growth in India. One of...Read More..

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