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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 175-179

WASH practices in childhood stunting – A narrative review article

School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Neha Gurbani
School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdmimsu.jdmimsu_451_21

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Childhood stunting, malnutrition, and WASH practices censure millions of people around the globe to a life of drawbacks and physical impairment. Diarrhea and weak development which have interminable effects on well-being of a child are mostly due to malnourishment, dietary deficiency, and exposure to contamination. Stunting is a composite challenge with reactions of those who got affected because of it and the community as a whole. To fasten the process in removing stunting, the efforts required should be broad to reach the level of the sector in nutrition to gear the underlying reasons of malnutrition. To make faster progress in eradicating stunting, more initiatives are required that go beyond dietetics to label the fundamental sources of malnourishment. According to the research reviewed, inadequate WASH situations have a significant detrimental influence on child development and growth, owing to long-term exposure to intestinal pathogens as well as larger social and economic causes. To fully realize the promise of WASH to reduce stunting, attempts to attain a universal approach to these facilities, as envisioned by the Sustainable Development Goals, must be redoubled. It can also necessitate new or converted WASH techniques that can go past typical treatments to target exposure routes in the first 24 months of life when the stunting process is mostly absorbed. The interest is increasing in whether water, sanitary practice, and hygiene (WASH) interference can help plans in reducing stunting and it may also need new and upgraded WASH techniques and plans that should work above the traditional plans in reducing the divulgence of child's early 24 months of life when the procedure of stunting is evaporated.

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