Review of health data in selected ODF and non-ODF districts under the SBM

This was a preliminary observational study which aimed to examine whether there are any early observed differences in the health outcomes of the children from the selected ODF villages vis-à-vis. the selected non-ODF villages of the five Indian states - Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The study hypothesized that the children belonging to the ODF areas would have an improved health status (lower prevalence of the disease) and would also be nutritionally better off (lower prevalence of underweight, stunting and wasting) as compared to the ones from non-ODF areas.