Child Faeces Disposal
Why is child faeces disposal important?
2.5 billion people are still lacking access to improved sanitation worldwide. However, even in households that have access to latrines, children’s faeces are often not collected nor disposed of safely in latrines. This creates an issue even in houses with sanitation facilities as ensuring an environment free of faecal pathogens is required to prevent the transmission of faecal-oral diseases such as diarrhoea.
The faeces of children may be particularly important in faecal-oral transmission as children are more susceptible to these diseases and are often defecating in areas where other children could be exposed (such as the ground in the compound or house).
Our current research in this area:
Systematic review in the interventions to improve child faeces disposal
A systematic review on “Interventions to improve disposal of child faeces for preventing diarrhoea and soil-transmitted helminth infection” is being prepared with the Cochrane Collaboration.
Formative reserach leading to the design of an intervention to improve child Faeces disposal in India
Fiona Majorin is currently conducting formative research in urban and rural settings in Orissa, India. The findings from this work will lead to the design of an intervention which will aim to improve safe child faeces disposal.
Full list of publications related to child faeces disposal:
- Brown, J., S. Cairncross and J. H. Ensink (2013). “Water, sanitation, hygiene and enteric infections in children.” Archives of disease in childhood.
- Curtis V, Kanki B, Cousens S, Diallo I, Kpozehouen A, Sangare M and M. Nikiema (2001). “Evidence of behaviour change following a hygiene promotion programme in Burkina Faso.” (0042-9686 (Print)).
- Curtis, V., S. Cairncross and R. Yonli (2000). “Domestic hygiene and diarrhoea – pinpointing the problem.” Tropical Medicine and International Health 5(1): 22-32.
- Curtis, V., B. Kanki, T. Mertens, E. Traore, I. Diallo, F. Tall and S. Cousens (1995). “Potties, pits and pipes: Explaining hygiene behaviour in Burkina Faso.” Social Science & Medicine 41(3): 383-393.
- Majorin, F., M. C. Freeman, S. Barnard, P. Routray, S. Boisson and T. Clasen (2014). “Child feces disposal practices in rural orissa: a cross sectional study.” PLoS One 9(2): e89551.
- Traoré, E., S. Cousens, V. Curtis, T. Mertens, F. Tall, A. Traoré, B. Kanki, I. Diallo, A. Rochereau and J. P. Chiron (1994). “Child defecation behaviour, stool disposal practices, and childhood diarrhoea in Burkina Faso: results from a case-control study.” J Epidemiol Community Health 48(3): 270-275.