USAID’s Suaahara II “Good Nutrition” Program aims to improve the nutritional status of women and children in 40 underserved rural districts of Nepal. This will be achieved through a multi-sector partnership with the Government of Nepal, the private sector, and other USAID-funded projects in overlapping districts.
Project objectives include:
For decades, implementers have applied water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and nutrition-based interventions—alone and in a variety of combinations—to address diarrheal disease and stunting among infants and young children (IYC) in low- and middle-income countries. Given the extensive and intensive efforts, why aren’t we seeing more progress?
On April 5, USAID held a webinar to discuss findings from the recent report from the USAID-funded WASHPaLS Project, "Toward a Hygienic Environment for Infants and Young Children: A Review of the Literature."
USAID is holding a webinar to discuss findings from the recent report, Toward a Hygienic Environment for Infants and Young Children: A Review of the Literature.
USAID recently completed this review of the scientific and grey literature to capture the state of knowledge of the health risks to infants and young children from fecal exposure in their home environments, focusing on historically underemphasized sources and transmission pathways not disrupted by the traditional suite of WASH measures.
Why it Matters
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The USAID Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project conducted a review of the scientific and grey literature, complemented by dozens of key informant interviews with researchers and field implementers, to synthesize the latest understanding of key pathways of fecal microbe ingestion by infants and young children (IYC) and their links to diarrhea, EED, and poor nutrition and development outcomes.
Specifically, the review sought to:
Through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) investments, the water sector works to improve health outcomes, providing improved access to safe water supply and sanitation, while promoting improved hygiene practices and supporting approaches that can be brought to scale and sustained. These services can improve health, lower health care costs, and save time, particularly for poorer populations. The results can be immediate and long-term, providing vital economic and social benefits to millions of people.