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Conference on child height, stunting, early life disease, and sanitation: Delhi School of Economics August 2nd and 3rd
After a year of preparations, we are very excited to announce a two-day international conference on child height and sanitation at the Delhi School of Economics, starting at 9:00am on Friday, August 2nd. If you are planning to come, please...Read More..
At rice, one of the threats to human development in India that we emphasize most is the effect of widespread open defecation on children’s growth and development – reflected most readily in height and stunting. The important connection between sanitation...Read More..
Today, March 15th 2013, would be the 200th birthday of John Snow. A pioneer of careful statistical thinking about health and disease, Snow helped stop a cholera outbreak in London by noticing its waterborne transmission: people who drank water from...Read More..
Today The Hindu published an opinion article about open defecation, child height, and the policy emergency of Indian sanitation: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/the-long-and-short-of-open-defecation/article4505664.ece...Read More..
When Baby, our research assistant, stopped by around lunch time today, she looked tired. I told her to sit and rest, and that I would finish making lunch. Not one to sit still for too long, she offered to help,...Read More..
Check out two recent posts on the Ideas for India blog! Dean proposes that the "height gap" between Indian and African children may be due to a "toilet gap," that is relatively poor sanitation coverage in India, and Diane writes...Read More..
The sanitaiton and stunting international decomposition paper has been released as a World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, and Dean has written a guest blog post about it at Development Impact: The toilet gap: How much of differences across developing...Read More..
We've just added two new working papers to rice's research tab. The first, by Diane Coffey, Reetika Khera, and Dean Spears, "Women's status and children's height in India: Evidence from joint rural households" examines joint rural households in India to...Read More..
Lawrence Haddad of the Institute of Development Studies has been kind enough to review rice's recent paper on the international link between sanitation and stunting on his blog Development Horizons. He makes several interesting points, including, quite correctly, that the...Read More..
Hello! I'm writing from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where we are one day into an exciting workshop organized by the Gates Foundation about learning from monitoring and evaluation of sanitation projects. I'll write more about that tomorrow, after a day of...Read More..
The community-led total sanitation website at the Institute of Development Studies has recently posted a four-page research brief summarizing rice's findings on the importance of open defecation for children's height and stunting. You can read it online at: http://www.communityledtotalsanitation.org/resource/sanitation-and-stunting-how-much-international-variation-child-height-can-open-defecation hat...Read More..
Thanks to Jenny Lah for sharing this article on early life health in India by Simon Denyer of the Washington Post. The graphic that accompanies the story is especially well done. Thanks Jenny!...Read More..
Much of my work these days has been about the importance of sanitaiton for children's health and growth into tall, smart adults. This is especially important in India, where over half of housholds do not use toilets or latrines. The...Read More..
Sometimes, when people think of how to address poor health in India, they think of expanding access to health care. But, as this new study published in Health Affairs recently by Jishnu Das, Alaka Holla, Veena Das, Manoj Mohanan, Diana...Read More..
Economic and Political Weekly argues that "Indians have to accept that sanitation is not a dirty word." http://www.epw.in/editorials/toilets-can-be-temples.html All of this comes out of the "Nirmal Bharat Yatra" -- a cross-country trip intended to raise awareness and support for the...Read More..