New IDS Working Paper on Re-framing Undernutrition

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New IDS Working Paper on Re-framing Undernutrition

Hot off the press, a new IDS Working Paper by Robert Chambers (CLTS Knowledge Hub at IDS) and Gregor von Medeazza (UNICEF):
Re-framing Undernutrition: Faecally-Transmitted Infections and the 5 As

In this IDS Working Paper, Robert Chambers and Gregor von Medeazza argue for a more inclusive framework for thinking about and dealing with undernutrition. One concept is FTIs (faecally-transmitted infections). This is designed to avoid the reductionisms of faecal-oral infections, waterborne diseases, and the focus on the diarrhoeas to the neglect of less dramatic and less measurable FTIs especially environmental enteropathy. A second concept is the 5 As – availability and access which both have oral associations, and absorption, antibodies and allopathogens which have anal associations.
Petra Bongartz
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