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NGURE, F.M.; REID, B.M. ; HUMPHREY, J.H. ; MBUYA, M.N.; PELTO, G. ; STOLTZFUS, R. J. (2014): Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Environmental Enteropathy, Nutrition, and Early Child Development. Making the Links. In: Annals of the The New York Academy of Science 1308, 118–128. URL [Accessed: 03.05.2016]. PDF

Environmental enteropathy, a prevalent subclinical condition of the gut, may be a key mediating pathway linking poor hygiene to developmental deficits. Current early child development research and programs lack evidence-based interventions to provide a clean play and infant feeding environment in addition to established priorities of nutrition, stimulation, and child protection. This report proposes the concept of baby WASH as an additional component of early childhood development programs.