Effectiveness of a rural sanitation programme on diarrhoea, soil-transmitted helminth infection and malnutrition in India

by Thomas Clasen, Sophie Boisson, Parimita Routray et al.
Impact Evaluation Report 38, August 2016

51 pp. 1.4 MB

This report is based on a cluster-randomised evaluation conducted in 100 villages of Odisha, India to test the effectiveness of a rural sanitation intervention that was part of the Government of India’s Total Sanitation Campaign. Researchers found no evidence that this sanitation programme reduced exposure to faecal contamination or prevented diarrhoea, soil-transmitted helminth infection or child malnutrition. These results are in contrast with systematic reviews that have reported significant health gains from rural household sanitation interventions.

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