Caught Short: How a Lack of Toilets and Clean Water Contributes to Malnutrition 2016

India, Health
Caught Short
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In the developing world, a lack of clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a major contributor to malnutrition. One impact of this is stunting, where severe and prolonged undernutrition makes children shorter than normal for their age, and affects their emotional, social and cognitive development. Currently, more than 650 million people in the world do not have access to clean water and more than 2.3 billion do not have access to a decent toilet.