The impact of sanitation on infectious disease and nutritional status: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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Sanitation aims to sequester human feces and prevent exposure to fecal pathogens. More than 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to improved sanitation facilities and almost one billion practice open defecation. This study by Freeman et al undertook systematic reviews and meta-analyses to compile the most recent evidence on the impact of sanitation on diarrhea, soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections, trachoma, schistosomiasis, and nutritional status assessed using anthropometry.

International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 31st May 2017

 

Date: 22 June 2017
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