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Starving, but not from lack of food

14 August 2014
Women bathing in the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. © Lindy Briginshaw

Women bathing in the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. © Lindy Briginshaw

Fascinating research findings from UNICEF and the Public Health Foundation of India comparing sanitation and growth stunting in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Poor sanitation in India may be causing bacteria to eat away at children
 
By Gardiner Harris, International New York Times

He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old infant living in a village of mud huts and diminutive people, had nonetheless fallen victim to India’s great scourge of malnutrition.

His parents seemed to be doing all the right things. His mother still breast-fed him. His family had six goats, access to fresh buffalo milk and a hut filled with hundreds of pounds of wheat and potatoes. The economy of the state where he lives has for years grown faster than almost any other. His mother said she fed him as much as he would eat and took him four times to doctors, who diagnosed malnutrition. Just before Vivek was born in this green landscape of small plots and grazing water buffalo near the Nepali border, the family even got electricity.

So why was Vivek starving? Click here to read more

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