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..
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..
Read "From outlays to outcomes: Understanding the Status of Rural Sanitation Data" here. The new study explores whether the governance and financing structure of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) enables a more outcomes-focused approach to sanitation. The short answer is...Read More..
We have already talked in depth on this blog about how open defecation is worse for health in more populated areas. Because the fecal germs of one person can make anyone sick, the health effects related to open defecation are...Read More..
Our team is always telling me that I have to put more pictures in my blog posts. Unfortunately, in my quick trip to Bangalore last week to meet with Arghyam I didn't actually get to go see any rural latrines,...Read More..
Today's blog post is a double-header. First up is a video sent to me by Michael Geruso, a health economics professor at UT Austin and a member of rice's board of directors. It was made by the Rockefeller Foundation around...Read More..
Sanitation policy in India has historically focused on the hardware aspect – providing subsidies to build latrines. But as we know, many of the latrines constructed remain unused. Of course the quality of construction of many of these toilets is...Read More..
I just wanted to call your attention to this neat undergrad thesis by Ayodele Oti of the City College of New York on sanitation programs. It is well researched and well written. The big take away for me is just...Read More..
The Ideas for India website just published a version of Sangita's summary of the proceedings of the "International Conference on Child height and stunting: Early-life diseases, water quality and sanitation". See here....Read More..
The Economic and Political Weekly published six articles discussing Arvind Panagaria's claim that Child Malnutrition figures in India are exaggerated. The issue is available here (see discussion section). Don't miss the short article co-authored by Dean and Diane, along with...Read More..
For the past seven years I have lived away from my parents, and visited them during vacations or work trips to Delhi. Seven years ago, I moved to Chennai to study, and for the last two years, I was working...Read More..
Last night – somewhat against my better judgment as a statistical economist, not a TV star – I accepted Sagarika Ghose’s kind invitation to be on her State of the Nation TV program on CNN-IBN. I was honored to be...Read More..
I’ve borrowed the title of this post from the Gates Foundation’s infant and child feeding programs in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Vietnam. I think it is an apt title for thinking about kids growing up in resource poor settings. Two babies...Read More..
Sometimes we here at rice get a little depressed about the lack of answers. Today's post is meant to lift our spirits with a success story. The Orangi Pilot Project (OPP), which was started way back in 1981 by Akhtar...Read More..