WASH Nutrition


Integrating WASH and Nutrition - for better all round results

Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene are directly linked to undernutrition in children through three key pathways: diarrhoea, intestinal worms and environmental enteric dysfunction. In 2018 Aquatabs® and Nutriset, inventor of PlumpyNut®, announced an innovative partnership, joining their strategic expertise in water disinfection and nutrition solutions to help foster multisectoral interventions to tackle malnutrition whilst improving access to safe drinking water. This unique partnership intends to tailor-design solutions that effectively contribute to achieving greater nutritional impact, reducing the incidence of water-related diseases and positively optimising the cost-effectiveness of Wash’Nutrition programs.

Around 45% of deaths among children under 5 years of age are linked to undernutrition

50% of cases of undernutrition are related to infections caused by poor conditions to access to drinking water, hygiene and sanitation

33% of sub-Saharan children are stunted due to undernutrition, with lifelong effects

25% of cases of stunted growth are attributed to the occurence of at least 5 episodes of diarrhea during the two first years of life

Combining for Powerful Results

WASH'Nutrition Combi Pack

Aquatabs® and Nutriset now offer an integrated approach to reduce the risk of diarrhoea, parasitic infections and intestinal inflammations (or environmental enteric dysfunction) and improve nutritional impact at a low price! This unique partnership between Aquatabs® and Nutriset brings a very important dynamic, to accelerate innovation and bring new ideas and solutions together. Underpinning this partnership is an ethos with the same values and goals common to both organizations.

Research Findings

Improved Recovery Rates from SAM

Studies show that introducing Point of Use water treatment such as Aquatabs® to a nutrition intervention improve the recovery rates from Severe Acute Malnutrition by 16.7% to 22.2%.


The Most Cost-effective Strategy

A randomized, controlled trial in Pakistan considered the direct and indirect costs incurred by the provider, for three point-of-use water treatment technologies. Combining the cost of SAM treatment and water treatment, an average cost per child was calculated for the interventions. Water treatment costs and the incremental cost-effectiveness of the three water treatment interventions were also assessed.

The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio for Aquatabs® was US$24 making it the most cost-effective strategy”

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