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Scaling up rural sanitation : investing in the next generation : children grow taller, and smarter, in rural villages of Lao PDR where all community members use improved sanitation

Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has made progress in expanding sanitation services during the last decade, especially in urban areas. However, access to improved sanitation remains low in rural areas: while 90 percent of the urban population used improved facilities, only 50 percent of the rural population did likewise in 2012. Widespread open defecation and unimproved sanitation in rural Lao PDR and high levels of stunting make question whether poor sanitation in a rural community is associated with stunting. An improved sanitation facility hygienically separates human excreta from human contact. This rules out both open defecation and unimproved sanitation. Finally, Lao PDRs national nutrition strategy and plan of action 2010-2015, which recognizes sanitation as a nutrition sensitive intervention, offers opportunities for multi-sectoral responses in order to overcome persistent stunting and to achieve community-wide improved sanitation. [author abstract]

TitleScaling up rural sanitation : investing in the next generation : children grow taller, and smarter, in rural villages of Lao PDR where all community members use improved sanitation
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsQuattri, M., Smets, S., Inthavong, V.
Secondary TitleResearch brief / Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
Issue93724
Pagination8 p. : 2 boxes, 2 fig.
Date Published12/2014
PublisherWorld Bank, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
Place PublishedWashington, DC, USA
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has made progress in expanding sanitation services during the last decade, especially in urban areas. However, access to improved sanitation remains low in rural areas: while 90 percent of the urban population used improved facilities, only 50 percent of the rural population did likewise in 2012. Widespread open defecation and unimproved sanitation in rural Lao PDR and high levels of stunting make question whether poor sanitation in a rural community is associated with stunting. An improved sanitation facility hygienically separates human excreta from human contact. This rules out both open defecation and unimproved sanitation. Finally, Lao PDRs national nutrition strategy and plan of action 2010-2015, which recognizes sanitation as a nutrition sensitive intervention, offers opportunities for multi-sectoral responses in order to overcome persistent stunting and to achieve community-wide improved sanitation. [author abstract]

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URLhttp://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/651471468047058069/Scaling-up-rural-sanitation-investing-in-the-next-generation-Children-grow-taller-and-smarter-in-rural-villages-of-Lao-PDR-where-all-community-members-use-improved-sanitation
Citation Key86511