The interlinkages between water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and nutrition

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WaterAid India
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Undernutrition affects millions of Indian children, and is a consequence of insufficient food intake or inadequate nutrient absorption,
and of repeated infectious diseases. Evidence suggests that availability of sufficient, nutritious food does not necessarily result in improved nutrition. Other health system and environmental factors, including timely access to good quality antenatal care and poor water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) access are important nutrition sensitive interventions.