Nutrition in Ethiopia: An emerging success story? Better sanitation one cause of success?


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Nutrition in Ethiopia: An emerging success story? Better sanitation one cause of success?

I saw this publication advertised on Sanitation Updates and it seems very interesting as it links nutrition gains with better sanitation (amongst other factors):

Nutrition in Ethiopia: An emerging success story? Author: Headey, Derek D.

Research does not always provide the results that we expect. At the recent conference on improving nutrition in Ethiopia, Together for Nutrition 2015, we learnt about the rapid progress in Ethiopia in child nutritional outcomes that are linked to improved birth size and, hence, improved maternal health. However, most of the improvement in maternal health seems related to better sanitation, rather than to diet, care, or health factors.


This is the link to the 2-page synopsis:

And this is the link to the full report:

I find it interesting that this is coming from two organisations which are not traditionally linked with the WASH sector:

The Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP) is financially supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom. This publication has been prepared as an output of ESSP.

It makes me wonder how we could align ourselves or connect ourselves with them. E.g. it would be great to have one of their people in the SuSanA working group 12 on WASH and nutrition somehow.

Is there someone on this forum who is connected to Ethiopia and who can perhaps make this connection?

Dr. Elisabeth von Muench
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