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India has one of the highest rates of childhood malnutrition worldwide, and poor maternal health and nutrition are major contributors to the problem.  There is no national monitoring system in place to regularly monitor women’s health, thus there is no...Read More..

Policy memo on toilet technology & culture

By r.i.c.e., on February 6th, 2015
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This notes asks why rural India has uniquely high rates of open defecation.  It first explains that the “usual suspects” – GDP, poverty, education, water access – are not to blame for widespread open defecation in rural India.  Second, it...Read More..

We developed a handout for a state government to help state government employees, such as ASHAs, Anganwadi Sevikas, Panchayat Secretaries and others to promote latrine use. Suggestions to improve the handout are welcome. Please feel free to use and modify...Read More..

This policy brief presents policy solutions based on research summarized in "Revealed Preference for Open Defecation: Evidence from a new survey in rural north India," a research paper by Diane Coffey, Aashish Gupta, Payal Hathi, Nidhi Khurana, Nikhil Srivastav, and...Read More..

This research brief summarizes "Revealed preference for open defecation: Evidence from a new survey in rural north India," a research paper by Diane Coffey, Aashish Gupta, Payal Hathi, Nidhi Khurana, Dean Spears, Nikhil Srivastav, and Sangita Vyas. Read the full...Read More..

This one-page memo presents findings based on research summarized in "Revealed Preference for Open Defecation: Evidence from a new survey in rural north India," a research paper by Diane Coffey, Aashish Gupta, Payal Hathi, Nidhi Khurana, Nikhil Srivastav, and Sangita...Read More..

Evidence in the medical and epidemiological literature has documented that germs in feces can stunt children’s growth. This is in part due to diarrhea, and possibly in part due to enteropathy (Humphrey, 2009): chronic changes in the lining of the...Read More..

This brief is primarily based on a research paper by Dean Spears: “The Nutritional Value of Toilets: How much international variation in child height can sanitation explain?” The full paper, with the details of all computations and conclusions, is available...Read More..