A recent study carried out by Health Systems (FHS) India has revealed that about one third of children (aged 0-6 years) are stunted and 38.6 percent children are under weight in the Indian Sundarbans. An earlier FHS study revealed that the region suffers from higher burden of malnutrition compared to the state and national average. Among the several determinants of child malnutrition – ranging from individual factors to societal ones – recent evidence indicates open defecation as an important determinant responsible for child malnutrition. This research brief explores the association between underweight children (0-6 years) and open defecation in the context of Indian Sundarbans, where low body weight is considered as an indicator of childhood malnutrition.
Arnab Mandal; Debjani Barman; Barun Kanjilal. FHS India Research Brief 7. Open defecation and childhood undernutrition in the Indian Sundarbans:A case study from rural West Bengal. (2015) 4 pp.