Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

WASH interventions can significantly improve the health, well being and nutritional status of individuals and communities. WASH interventions can help ensure that calories ingested are not lost by preventing diarrheal disease and soil-transmitted helminthes (intestinal worms).
Sanitation and hygiene can also prevent environmental enteropathy (EE), a condition that causes a hyperactive immune response as a result of a large pathogen load. The suspicion is that the hyperactive immune response saps nutrients and prevents nutrients from being fully absorbed by intestinal tissue.

In order to address the links between nutrition and WASH, Nutrition at the Center's programming integrates key WASH interventions including:
  • Access to water

  • Optimal sanitation

  • Hand washing

  • Environmental sanitation associated with animal feces exposure

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