Malnutrition during the first 1,000 days from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday often causes growth impairment that leads to stunting. Safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, and good hygiene, however, can improve nutritional outcomes by preventing several direct and underlying causes of malnutrition, including diarrheal disease and frequent intestinal infections. Integrating nutrition-sensitive water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) into community-led total sanitation (CLTS) and other health interventions is critical, therefore, to helping pregnant and lactating women and children under two achieve healthy cognitive and physical development.*
This poster outlines SPRING's WASH 1,000 methodology in Ghana, which builds on and enhances standard CLTS methodology by incorporating four nutrition-sensitive WASH behaviors into CLTS activities, creating a “WASH 1,000” focus.
SPRING presented the poster in July 2016 at the annual Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) conference, “Ensuring Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All,” held in Kumasi, Ghana.