WASH and Nutrition Integration
This online library contains recent WASH and nutrition studies and will be updated on a regular basis. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 50% of malnutrition is associated with repeated diarrhea or intestinal worm infections as a result of unsafe water, inadequate sanitation or insufficient hygiene. A lack of sufficient, safe water close to home has many indirect effects on nutrition.
People are often left with no choice but to drink unsafe water from unprotected sources. Where safe water is available to purchase from vendors, a limited quantity leaves little for good hygiene practices. The time wasted collecting water or suffering from water-related illnesses prevents young people from getting an education, which has a significant impact on their health, well- being and economic status.