There has been a lot about the trip to Bangladesh that has impressed me. One thing that stands out, though, is just how much people want latrines. Driving from Rajshahi to Dhaka, we stopped at a cluster of houses by...Read More..
The Hindu has written a compelling editorial on child mortality in India. We're visiting Bangladesh these days to learn from their success in reducing open defecation, and are as struck as the editorialists are by the comparison between these neighboring...Read More..
For the last several days, most of the rice team has been in Bangladesh trying to understand how they did it. Did what, you ask? Reduce open defecation, of course! It turns out that open defecation is pretty rare in...Read More..
Psychologists and behavioral economists have long identified an "identifiable victim effect": people are much more likely to donate to help if an appeal mentions one needy person than if millions of people in need are invoked. This may be paradoxical...Read More..
Rukmini S., of the Hindu, has just published a very insightful new article, accompanied by this photo, about life at the top of the Indian income distribution. She explains that even the wealthiest people in India are shorter than they...Read More..
Check out this new paper by Oliver, Dean and Arabinda in PLOS One, based on new data on stunting from the recent Hungama Survey, and sanitation data from the Indian census. The Hindu reported the findings of the paper, too....Read More..
I just posted a preliminary draft of a new working paper that suggests that open defecation is an important cause of anemia, a disease which affects large numbers of children in India, causing cognitive and developmental delays. In case you...Read More..
Check out this link to a discussion of rice's work on sanitation, stunting, and the height conference in TIME magazine. You can also click on TIME's picture reprinted here for a link to the story. ...Read More..
Last night Diane and I went walking in Green Park, an upscale neighborhood in south Delhi. In addition to Deer Park, its main market boasts fine dining at Evergreen, A2B, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts, Domino’s, and other restaurants intermingled with...Read More..
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..