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Can sanitation protect investments in nutrition?

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A recent blog post "How toilets are crucial to raising smarter kids in Cambodia" cites some of our work and raises an important question for policy-makers: shouldn't governments that invest in food and nutrition for children protect their investment by working to improve sanitation? Otherwise their nutrition program could go down the drain (literally, if drains there were).

“That kind of evidence allows us to go back to those who are supporting nutrition programs and say ‘let’s not have 50 percent of the billion calories that you have just invested in flushed down the toilet due to lack of investment in sanitation,’” says Geoff Revell, the regional program manager for WaterSHED.


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