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Title: Open Defecation and Childhood Stunting in India: An Ecological Analysis of New Data from 112 Districts.

Oct 3, 2013 (Thursday) 4:05 PM

Location: HPNP Room G-108

Moderator: Amber Barnes

Join us for our discussion of this article that evaluates the relationship between open defecation and sanitation to childhood stunting. This study combines a recent large-scale data set, the 2011 HUNGaMA survey, with information on the distribution of open defecation from the 2011 Indian Census to better understand the link between sanitation and child stunting.

A recent Cochran Intervention Review addresses this issue on a broader scale, presenting the results of a meta-analysis evaluating current research on the effect poor sanitation may have on malnutrition. We will focus our discussion on the Spears et al. 2013 paper, but the Cochran Review article provides useful background and complementary information and research.

Oliver Cumming, a co-author on both the discussion article and the review paper, will be visiting the EPI from Oct 13-16 and has agreed to present on the Cochran Intervention Review. Oliver is a collaborator and colleague of our own Dr. Rheingans mainly through their involvement with the SHARE Research Consortium.  Following that presentation, he has agreed to hold a short discussion with our members.  We will post the details for this exciting follow-up event soon.

Amber Barnes is a Doctoral student in the Department of Environmental and Global Health with interests in health disparities impacts on maternal and child health.

Citation: Spears D, Ghosh A, Cumming O (2013) Open Defecation and Childhood Stunting in India: An Ecological Analysis of New Data from 112 Districts. PLoS ONE 8(9): e73784. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073784

Giving Childhood Diarrhea a Name | Impatient Optimists.

An interesting discussion of the etymology of diarrhea in different cultural settings, the recent Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS) and rotavirus vaccines in India.

Whose Water is it Anyways?

Thanks Poulomy Chakraborty for this article on water rights in India.

India develops new rotavirus vaccine.  Rotavirus is estimated to cause over 100,000 deaths per year in children under five years of age in India alone.

The announcement was made at the International Symposium on “Rotavirus Vaccines For India- the Evidence and the Promise” where our own Rick Rheingans is presenting on rotavirus vaccination cost-effectiveness in India.

JOURNAL CLUB ARTICLE: The social ecology of water in a Mumbai slum: failures in water quality, quantity, and reliability

April 25, 2013 (Thursday) 2PM
Location: HPNP
 Room G-111

Moderator: John Anderson

Please join us for our inaugural meeting!  We will be discussing this article about water access, storage and the socioecological context of living within a slum in Mumbai, India. We will also spend some time discussing the logistics of future journal club meetings.

Cookie Monster: The Ultimate Impatient Optimist

Hello, thanks for viewing our 1st post!  This repost comes from the Huffington Post’s Impatient Optimists, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blog. This is a short entertaining read, but is a creative and potentially powerful way to spread hygiene messages.

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