Issue 105 | June 28, 2013 | Focus on Sanitation for Preschool-Age Children
This issue focuses on sanitation for infants and preschool-age children. Many cultures consider the stools of infants harmless, or less harmful than those of adults. However, because of a much higher prevalence of diarrhea and higher egg counts for soil-transmitted helminths, children’s stools often pose a greater health risk than those of adults.
A 2013 review of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and enteric infections in children states that the safe disposal of children’s stools has received relatively little attention in sanitation programs. A 2004 USAID report is the most thorough and recent review that was found on this topic. This issue contains the 2004 USAID review as well as selected studies and reports published since 2004.