WASH and Nutrition Interventions for Child Growth and Development: Results from the WASH-Benefits and SHINE Trials
February 14, 2018
12:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Organized by the Water and Health GPs, World Bank
Number: 732 597 473
Enteric infections are known to contribute to poor growth and development in children under two years, and can be reduced with optimal water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). However, the direct link between WASH and child growth is less understood. The WASH-Benefits and the SHINE Trials, both recently completed, studied the impact of WASH and nutrition interventions delivered alone and in combination to test for synergistic effects on child growth and diarrhea in the first two years of life. These trials used similar study designs, enrolling pregnant women in rural Bangladesh, Kenya, and Zimbabwe and following their children during the first 18-27 months of life.
The results of the trials are very consistent: although the nutrition interventions modestly improved growth, the WASH interventions did not have independent effects on growth, nor did they strengthen the effect of the nutrition intervention when delivered in combination. In contrast to prior studies and the WASH interventions in Bangladesh, the WASH interventions in Kenya and Zimbabwe did not significantly reduce diarrhea.
What does this mean for current and future WASH, nutrition and health programming? Join us for presentations on these findings and a lively discussion on what’s next for WASH and nutrition.
HNP Global Practice
Guang Zhe Chen
Water Global Practice
Dr. Clair Null
Mathematica Policy Research and Co-Principal Investigator of WASH Benefits, Kenya
Dr. Jean H. Humphrey
John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Principal Investigator of SHINE, Zimbabwe
Global Lead, Nutrition
HNP Global Practice
Dr. Clair Null is a Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research and a Research Affiliate at Innovations for Poverty Action. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Jean H. Humphrey, Professor, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Principal Investigator of SHINE, Zimbabwe
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