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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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Milk and babies

By Diane Coffey, on November 7th, 2012

Milk and babies seem like things that go together. It turns out that many rural Indian moms think so too. Here is a graph of the fraction of rural infants under 1 year of age who were fed cow’s milk...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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Check out this video of Diane and Dean's mentor and friend, Dr. Jeff Hammer. Jeff is a professor in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He presented his insights about health care in India at a conference at Columbia...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 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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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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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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I just read a brand-new and very interesting paper by Janet Currie, Wanchuan Lin and Wei Zhang, entitled, “Patient Knowledge and Antibiotic Abuse: Evidence from an Audit Study in China.” The authors find that antibiotics are very often prescribed when...Read More..

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I just wanted to share a new working paper that is posted under the rice research tab called "Early life mortality, income and adult height in India." Here's the abstract to whet your appetite: Recent research on the relationship between...Read More..

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