Polluted water and chronic malnutrition causing stunting in children in Madagascar.

August 4, 2016

  • “Tackling malnutrition is not just about food. It is about providing safe water, decent toilets and soap for washing. In Madagascar, almost 90% of the population have no toilet and half don’t have access to clean drinking water,” said Lovy Rasolofomanana, director for WaterAid Madagascar.


  • Madagascar has the 5th-highest rate of stunting in the world. Stunting represents a significant deviation from the median height for age.


  • Polluted water and poor sanitation causes diarrhea and intestinal worms which leads to malnutrition, health issues and cognitive impairment.


  • For children this means decreased attendance at school which affects future employment prospects.












“Dirty water muddies future for Madagascar's children,” 26 July 2016, accessible at https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jul/26/dirty-water-muddies-future-for-madagascar-children.

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