Nutrition and WASH are linked

Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are directly linked to undernutrition through three key pathways: diarrhoea, intestinal worms and environmental enteric dysfunction. Repeated episodes of diarrhoea  contribute to undernutrition by hindering the absorption of nutrients. When WASH conditions are not secured, children who are undernourished are at high risk of suffering more frequent and severe episodes of diarrhea.To break this vicious circle, integrated WASH'Nutrition interventions must facilitate access to safe drinking water, treatment for diarrhea, and solutions to prevent malnutrition, particularly for the most vulnerable populations, notably children and pregnant and lactating women.

A unique partnership to advance WASH'Nutrition practices

Because water quality is at the core of a healthy growth and development and a driver of better nutrition, Nutriset and Aquatabs® join their expertises in support of governments, UN agencies, and NGOs willing to implement and scale up WASH’Nutrition interventions.

This partnership, directly responding to Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3 and 6, seeks to facilitate the implementation of co-localized and integrated interventions, in order to achieve greater nutritional impact, reduction of incidence of water-related diseases and gains in program cost-effectiveness.

Kersia’s branded Aquatabs® are the world’s no.1 water purification tablets which kill micro-organisms in water to prevent cholera, typhoid, dysentery and other water borne diseases.

Increasing research interest in WASH'Nutrition

There is a growing base of scientific evidence, with some publications mentioning Aquatabs®, that highlight the potential of WASH interventions to improve nutritional outcomes. Some results can be highlighted: