Effectiveness of a rural sanitation programme on diarrhoea, soil-transmitted helminth infection, and child malnutrition in Odisha, India: a cluster-randomised trial

by Thomas Clasen, Sophie Boisson, Parimita Routray et al.
The Lancet Global Health – Early Online Publication, 10 October 2014

9 pp. 289 kB:
http://download.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/langlo/PIIS2214109X14703079.pdfS2214109X14X7021X_cov150h

Increased latrine coverage is generally believed to be effective for reducing exposure to faecal pathogens and preventing disease; however, the results of this study show that this outcome cannot be assumed. As efforts to improve sanitation are being undertaken worldwide, approaches should not only meet international coverage targets, but should also be implemented in a way that achieves uptake, reduces exposure, and delivers genuine health gains.

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