Does Improved Sanitation Helps in Preventing Stunted Growth in Children? (a study from rural Bangladesh says no)

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Does Improved Sanitation Helps in Preventing Stunted Growth in Children?

Does Improved Sanitation Helps in Preventing Stunted Growth in Children?

It is a generally-accepted belief that improved sanitation improves the hygiene in a community, which in turn, is helpful in preventing stunted growth in children. However, it appears, this view is not quite valid.

A recent paper by Stephen Luby, et al. tiled: Effects of water quality, sanitation, handwashing, and
nutritional interventions on diarrhoea and child growth in rural Bangladesh: a cluster randomised controlled trial
; says somewhat otherwise. Stephen Luby worked for some time at Aga Khan hospital, Karachi.

Luby’s study found that children born into housing compounds with improvements in drinking water quality, sanitation and handwashing infrastructure were not measurably taller after two years compared to those born into compounds with more contamination – although children who received the interventions were significantly healthier overall. In a trial study, improving sanitation and hygiene in poor regions of Bangladesh helped children’s health but did not improve their growth and development.

This constitutes almost a breaking news! Forum users need to look at the study, available at: www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/articl...(17)30490-4/fulltext , for more interesting details.

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