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New Ways of Reducing Early Childhood Diarrhea (aka: Do Poop Charts Work?)

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New Ways of Reducing Early Childhood Diarrhea (aka: Do Poop Charts Work?)

Despite the availability of inexpensive and easy-to-use technologies and simple behaviors that can prevent diarrhea, it kills more than half a million children a year, predominantly in the developing world. More troubling still, social scientists have found it challenging to get high adoption rates and maintain participation amongst poor households, even when the technology is provided free. 

In a randomized controlled trial in Karachi, Pakistan, I test the hypothesis that perhaps families need tools that clearly demonstrate the impact of health interventions – in this case, chlorine tablets for water purification.

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