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Poor Sanitation: The Startling Link to Childhood Malnutrition

huffingtonpost, 31 July 2014

 

I just returned from a trip to India, where I was teaching at the Delhi Indian Institute of Technology, interacting with an eager group of future environmental scientists and engineers. As we discussed water pollution, a July 13 New York Times article reported on an emerging hypothesis that poor sanitation in India may be more responsible than lack of food for current rates of childhood malnutrition.

 

In spite of India's rapid economic development, childhood malnutrition remains a serious problem in that country, even as parents are better able to feed their children. What lies behind this cruel conundrum? The population is highly exposed to untreated water that is contaminated with fecal waste. Lacking toilets, sewers and sewage treatment, the sanitation situation is a public-health crisis. Read more....