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Economic Times: Sanitation is an economic issue

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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 keeps brains from growing to their cognitive potential, it also saps the human capital and economic productivity of the Indian workforce. Better sanitation would be a national economic investment.


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