Children and schools

Annual Progress Report for 'Empowering self-help sanitation of rural and peri-urban communities and schools in Africa'

sanitation sensitisation in a school in Niger
This annual narrative report describes progress against the overall programme objectives and at country level, outlining challenges and lessons learned as part of Plan's eight country Pan African programme.
Date: 30 August 2013

Sanitation and stunting in India: Undernutrition's blind spot

Global proportions of ODF, poverty and undernutrition diagram
The puzzle of persistent undernutrition in India is largely explained by open defecation, population density, and lack of sanitation and hygiene. The impact on nutrition of many faecally-transmitted infections, not just the diarrhoeas, has been a blind spot. In hygienic conditions much of the undernutrition in India would disappear. To tackle undernutrition effectively requires the elimination of open defecation and a radical transformation of sanitation and hygiene policies and practices.
Date: 15 July 2013
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Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (Lancet Series)

The Lancet Series on Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea, led by Aga Khan University, Pakistan, provides evidence for integrated control efforts for childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea. The first paper assesses the global burden of these two illnesses, comparing and contrasting them, and includes new estimates of severe disease and updated mortality estimates for 2011. Findings from the second paper show that a set of highly cost-effective interventions can prevent most diarrhoea deaths and nearly two thirds of pneumonia deaths by 2025, if delivered at scale.

Date: 27 April 2013

The long and short of open defecation

There is statistical data to show that the height of Indian children is correlated to their and their neighbourhood’s access to toilets.

You can learn a lot from measuring children’s height. How tall a child has grown by the time she is a few years old is one of the most important indicators of her well-being. This is not because height is important in itself, but because height reflects a child’s early-life health, absorbed nutrition and experience of disease.

Girls leading SLTS approach at Gongatarey School

sensitisation on handwashing in Gongatarey school

Before the advent of the CLTS in Plan Niger’s intervention area, students were using the area right behind the classrooms or the bush rather than in the latrines to defecate. To alleviate this situation, Plan Niger has extended CLTS activities to the schools. Gongatarey school has been using School-Led Total Sanitation (SLTS) since 2011 to improve the school environment. This includes promoting the use and maintenance of the school latrines, as well as student-led sessions on health and hygiene.

Date: 5 March 2013
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Sanitation and stunting: How much international variation in child height can open defecation explain?

young child, Malawi

A child’s height is one of the most important indicators of her well-being. Height reflects the accumulated total of early-life health and diseases. Because problems that prevent children from growing tall also prevent them from growing into healthy, productive, smart adults, height predicts adult economic outcomes.

Date: 10 January 2013

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