Interactions of: Malnutrition, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Infections

Drinking water, and more generally "domestic" water (including water necessary for hygiene and sanitation practices), is often a source of disease because of its poor quality (it can contain bacteria, viruses, parasites as well as chemical agents) and its scarcity. Inadequate sanitary conditions lead to the death of 1.5 million children each year worldwide, with 88% of these deaths due to diarrhoea. For these reasons, ACF – which positions itself as both treating and preventing malnutrition (especially through the water-sanitation-hygiene component) – examines exactly how these factors interact and draw conclusions for its work to alleviate malnutrition.