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Why India’s sanitation crisis is a public health emergency, 05 June 2014


he horrific rapes in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh and in Bhagana in Haryana have one common element: the absence of toilets. The victims had to step out at night because there was no toilet at home. The absence of sanitation is not just a threat to the safety of women but also to the health of children.


India’s sanitation crisis is a key reason for India’s severe child malnutrition burden: rates of child malnutrition are higher in India than even in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over half of India’s population defecates in the open, highlighting India’s inability to provide basic sanitation to its indigent poor. Research suggests that an unhygienic environment combined with high population density creates a perfect storm for diseases to thrive, and malnutrition to flourish in India. The absence of sanitation exposes children to infectious diseases such as typhoid and diarrhoea, which rob them of their ability to absorb nutrients. Read More....