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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

Rose George: Let’s talk crap. Seriously.

This recent TED talk highlights some of the social issues surrounding sanitation, starting with more open discussion of our fecal matters.

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