Interventions to improve disposal of child faeces for preventing diarrhoea and soil‐transmitted helminth infection

Added November 11, 2019

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Low quality evidence suggests that children should be encouraged to use latrines and that child faeces should be disposed of in a latrine.

Diarrhoea and soil‐transmitted helminth (STH) infections represent a large disease burden worldwide, particularly in low‐income countries. As the aetiological agents associated with diarrhoea and STHs are transmitted through faeces, the safe containment and management of human excreta has the potential to reduce exposure and disease. Child faeces may be an important source of exposure even among households with improved sanitation. While child faeces may represent an important source of pathogen exposure, there is little research on the health effects of interventions to improve the safe disposal of child faeces, except as part of a larger sanitation initiative.