WASH and Nutrition: Partnering for a sustainable future

World Water Week
, which will take place from August 28-September 2 in Stockholm, presents opportunities for policy makers to discuss not only the future of water policies, but also to highlight the connections between water and other development areas, like nutrition.

The fight against malnutrition is inextricably tied to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). About 50% of cases of undernutrition and 25% of stunting cases are tied to chronic diarrhea, intestinal worms, and other diseases that are linked to poor WASH. Making WASH a priority is therefore a necessary step for countries struggling with high rates of undernutrition.

In honor of World Water Week, we are highlighting a selection of resources that focus on the connections between WASH and nutrition. Click the links below to learn more!


WaterAid's "Caught Short" Report


Reports & Briefs
Caught Short: How a lack of toilets and clean water contributes to malnutrition (WaterAid)
WASH & Nutrition: Implementation Brief (USAID)
Improving nutrition outcomes with better water, sanitation, and hygiene: Practical solutions for policy and programmes (WHO)
The missing ingredients: Are policy makers doing enough on water, sanitation, and hygiene to end malnutrition? (WaterAid)



Differentiating a nutrition-sensitive WASH program from a conventional WASH program (GNR 2016, Table 6.4)
A healthy start for all children: WASH for better nutrition (WaterAid PDF)
National nutrition plans: How well are water, sanitation, and hygiene integrated? (WaterAid)

Articles & Blog posts
We won't end malnutrition without toilets
Making WASH programs nutrition-sensitive
(excerpt, GNR)