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Equity matters: Policy-makers need to improve sanitation for the poorest in developing countries

A new SHARE study based on research from 10 countries shows how the poorest suffer disproportionately from their lack of access to sanitation. In this episode, Dr Rick Rheingans – the lead author of the report and the Impact Director of SHARE – explains the increased risk of illness and death faced by children from poor families. He suggests policy-makers should focus their efforts on community-level exposure to contaminated waste and should targeting the poorest and most vulnerable, especially the urban poor. The Associate Professor from the University of Florida also describes his research on water, sanitation and hygiene in schools in Kenya.

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