Building Healthier Communities through Improved Nutrition and Sanitation

Fact Sheet

Clean water, nutritious food, and a hygienic environment— these are the building blocks of health for any community. Yet, these necessities are out of reach for many families in low-resource environments. As a result, malnutrition contributes to 45 percent of childhood deaths worldwide. Combined with micronutrient deficiencies, malnourishment stunts children's physical and cognitive development, the consequences of which are life-long. Diarrhea, many cases of which can be attributed to contaminated water and inadequate sanitation and hygiene, is a leading cause of childhood malnutrition and death.