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Will data linking open defecation to undernutrition force change?

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The UN says countries where open defecation is most widely practised have the highest numbers of deaths of under-fives, high levels of undernutrition and poverty, and large wealth disparities. Stunting, or low height for age, affects 165 million children worldwide, has negative long-term impacts on physical and mental development, and reduces productivity in adulthood. Undernutrition causes 3.1 million deaths annually – nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five.

Recent studies suggest a strong link between open defecation and undernutrition in India, which, despite strong economic growth, has high rates of stunting.

Read more in this Guardian Poverty Matters Blog by Mark Tran (1st August 2013)



Date: 9 August 2013