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Environmental Enteropathy and WASH Webinar – Sept. 11

Fri, 06Sep2013


Press release

Curious about the growing talk about the importance of “gut health” and its role in growth and nutrition and how better WASH practices can reduce stunting? 

Please join us for a webinar presentation and discussion on Environmental Enteropathy and WASH on Wednesday, September 11, from 11:00am – 12:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is New York time.The very best programs focusing on nutritional intake have only solved 1/3 of the stunting problem, and no nutritional research trial has ever normalized linear growth. Adequate diet is necessary for healthy growth, but is not sufficient. Meanwhile, improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is associated with decreased stunting and has the same average effect size as the very best infant feeding interventions. We now know that a condition of the child’s intestine — environmental enteropathy (EE) — is brought on by living in a dirty environment, can have a very profound impact on stunting, and can be partially reversed through WASH interventions.

Come hear the latest on these important findings about EE from Laura Smith with Cornell University and how WASH can be integrated into USAID nutrition and other programs.

This event is sponsored by the USAID WASH, Nutrition and Feed the Future Community of Practice with support from the USAID TOPS and WASHplus projects.

To Participate:

You can participate in this online event through Fuze at http://fuze.me/20908746 on the day/time of the webinar. No need to preregister. To join the audio, please choose one of two methods: 1) Internet Audio, and simply select the internet audio option after joining; or 2) Use your phone and call +1348177654. If prompted, enter the meeting number: 20908746, then press #.

If you have any questions about this event or issues using Fuze, please contact Patrick Coonan at mailto:coonanfsn@gmail.com


“The WASHplus project creates supportive environments for healthy households and communities by delivering high-impact interventions in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and indoor air pollution (IAP). WASHplus uses proven, at-scale interventions to reduce diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory infections, the two top killers of children under five years of age globally. WASHplus has expertise to integrate WASH and IAP activities into existing education, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and nutrition programs. WASHplus builds strong in-country partnerships to increase impact. In addition, WASHplus is charged with exploring and promoting innovation in the WASH and IAP sectors. WASHplus is funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Global Health.more…

USAID: “In an interconnected world, instability anywhere around the world can impact us here at home. Working side-by-side with the military in active conflicts, USAID plays a critical role in our nation’s effort to  stabilize countries and build responsive local governance; we work on the same problems as our military using a different set of tools. We also ease the transition between conflict and long-term development by investing in agriculture, health systems and democratic institutions. And while USAID can work in active conflict, or help countries transition from violence, the most important thing we can do is prevent conflict in the first place. This is smarter, safer and less costly than sending in soldiers.

USAID extends help from the American  people to achieve results for the poorest  and most vulnerable around the world. That assistance does not represent a Democratic value or a Republican value, but an American value; as beneficiaries of peace and prosperity, Americans have a responsibility to assist those less fortunate so we see the day when our assistance is no longer necessary.” more…

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