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Poor sanitation not linked to stunted growth: Scientists
Thursday, 01 Feb 2018 19:18 pm
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Health Desk—February 1, 2018: Scientists have discovered that improving water, sanitation and hygiene in resource poor settings of Bangladesh have helped to better overall health conditions of the inhabitants living in those areas.    

But, contrary to expectations, these did not improve children's growth and development, said the icddr,b on Tuesday sharing the findings.

Despite mounting research over the last decade linking poor sanitation to stunted growth in children, a new study found that children born into housing compounds with improvements in drinking water quality, sanitation and hand-washing infrastructure were not measurably taller after two years compared to those born into compounds with more contamination - although children who received the interventions were significantly healthier overall.  

The WASH Benefits Bangladesh trial, led by Stanford epidemiologist Dr Stephen Luby, is one of the first to examine what are known as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions as a way of improving children's growth in low-income communities, reports UNB.