Child Feces Disposal Practices in Rural Orissa: A Cross Sectional Study

This paper by Majorin et al. (2014) published in PLOS ONE reports the findings of a cross-sectional study that explored child faeces disposal practices in rural Orissa, India. The study, connected to a large scale trial to assess the effectiveness of rural sanitation in Orissa state, took place in villages where the Government of India’s Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) had been implemented at least three years prior. It found that in the area surveyed, the TSC had not led to high levels of safe disposal of child faeces and concluded that further research is needed to identify the scope of this potential gap in programming, the health risk presented and interventions to minimise any adverse effect.

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