There is scarce research and programmatic evidence on the effect of poor water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) conditions of the physical environment on early child cognitive, sensorimotor, and socio-emotional development. Furthermore, many common WASH interventions are not specifically designed to protect babies in the first 3 years of life, when gut health and linear growth are established. Our current research, known as “Baby WASH,” works to link WASH, anemia, and child growth. Our research also seeks to highlight pathways through which WASH may affect early child development, primarily through inflammation, stunting, and anemia.
One Health for Babies & Livestock: Preventing Fecal Exposure and Environmental Enteropathy in rural Zambia (completed)
Small Scale Egg Production: Assessing the effect of sustainable small-scale egg production on maternal and child nutrition in rural Zambia (completed)
The SHINE Trial: Sanitation, Hygiene and Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) Trial in rural Zimbabwe (current)
Reid B, J Orgle, K Roy, C Pongolani, M Chileshe, & R Stoltzfus. 2018. Characterizing Potential Risks of Fecal–Oral Microbial Transmission for Infants and Young Children in Rural Zambia. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 98 (3), pp 816-823.
CARE Zambia and Cornell University. August 2015. One Health Report.