Building consensus on building latrines
Research shows converging evidence of the key role of open defecation in explaining child stunting in India
For two days, leading scholars of child height—economists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, and pediatricians—and government officials gathered at the Delhi School of Economics for a conference supported by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Programme to share research on an urgent question: why are children in India so short? Height is an important indicator of overall health and human development because the same good health that helps a child grow tall can also help her grow smart. In presentation after presentation at the conference, sanitation stood out as an important part of this puzzle.