Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sanitation and stunting in India

In yesterday's New York Times:
Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition

Although the article does not specifically mention environmental enteropathy, it indirectly references the sub-clinical condition as a potential reason that Indian children are stunted even when consuming adequate nutrition. The idea is that chronic exposure to fecal-contamination in the environment can impair the guts of young children, preventing normal absorption of nutrients. The article links to several non-peer reviewed papers on the cross-sectional association between stunting and rates of open defecation in rural India. It also mentions the WASH Benefits study, two randomized controlled trials currently being conducted in Kenya and Bangladesh that will provide rigorous evidence on the impact of improved sanitation on child growth.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Four lessons about handpump sustainability in Ghana

Cross-posted from the Rural Water Supply Network:


In 2012 we learned the exciting news that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for drinking water access had been met, nearly 3 years ahead of schedule. Yet an important question still looms large: What will it take to ensure that those who have gained access continue to enjoy their water services well into the future? And how will sustainable water services be extended to the remaining unserved?
Full post here, including access to the recent article published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New article in the JHU Global Water Magazine

In rural Burkina Faso, demand is high for wells that provide sufficient water for domestic and productive purposes. With assistance from Winrock International, well owners are investing in upgrades that will improve the quality, reliability, and quantity of their water supply. Through their investigation of the drivers that motivate households to invest, JHU researchers uncovered the unexpected role that women’s entrepreneurship plays in spurring demand for enhanced wells.

by Sara Marks and Luke MacDonald

A farmer poses with his drip irrigation system.