Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Stanford University / The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health / Innovations for Poverty Action

Integrating WASH and Nutrition to Improve Child Growth and Health

Thursday 30 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL 253

This session will present a large body of findings from three recently-completed cluster-randomized trials on WASH and nutrition integration, followed by a moderated discussion with active audience participation. Commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the WASH Benefits studies are two closely-related, trials of water quality, sanitation, handwashing, and nutritional interventions delivered alone and in combination during the first two years of life in rural Bangladesh and Kenya. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, and Wellcome Trust, the Sanitation Hygiene Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) trial in Zimbabwe is a 2x2 factorial trial of WASH and nutrition interventions during the first 18 months of life in rural Zimbabwe. All three trials enrolled pregnant women and measured outcomes among the children born from those pregnancies. The presentations will include details on the study designs and interventions, plus findings on length-for-age, diarrhea, parasite infections (WASH Benefits), anemia, child development, and survival. The session will include time for the audience to discuss (1) differences in the contexts and results found in these three different settings and (2) implications of the findings for governments, donors, and program implementers.


9:00-9:05 Welcome (Radu Ban, Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

9:05-9:25 WASH Benefits Bangladesh (Steve Luby, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University)

9:25-9:40 WASH Benefits Kenya (Clair Null, Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research)

9:40-10:00 Sanitation Hygiene Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) Zimbabwe (Jean Humphrey, Professor of International Health at Johns Hopkins University)

10:00-10:30 Audience Discussion (Moderated by Radu Ban)