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India’s poor sanitation and hygiene practices are linked to stunting in children, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1564
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

Improving sanitation and hygiene practices in rural areas of India can substantially reduce the prevalence of stunting in children, research published in BMJ Open has found.1

The study, which was led by Jee Hyun Rah, of Unicef in New Delhi, showed that India’s policies and programmes to tackle the issue of child stunting should include “WASH” (water, sanitation, and hygiene) interventions and nutrition sensitive programmes.

The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3) in 2006 showed that 61 million Indian children aged under 5 had stunting caused by poor nutrition, which represents over a third of children with stunting …

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