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Best of UNICEF Research 2015

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The Best of UNICEF Research, now in its third year, showcases and recognizes high-quality, high-impact research being done in the organization. The intention of the project is to communicate that UNICEF is often engaged in supporting a range of cutting-edge research to improve the lives of children. Yet this is often poorly known. The ‘Best of UNICEF Research’ initiative aims to change this perception. This publication presents summaries of twelve of the projects submitted to the 2015 Best of UNICEF Research competition which illustrate the range of research being undertaken. The 12 projects in the final selection cover many of the ‘traditional’ areas of UNICEF work (health, nutrition, sanitation and education), while also highlighting issues that have more recently gained prominence within the global policy agenda, such as social transfers, violence against children and school bullying, and various forms of inequality or exclusion

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Mali: Sanitation in Mali - Cleaner latrines and community spirit

Around 2.5 billion people – about 35 per cent of the global population – lack access to improved sanitation. In sub-Saharan Africa the proportion of the population lacking such facilities is much higher, at 71 per cent, rising to 80 per cent in rural areas. Where there are no latrines or suitable hand-washing facilities, people defecate in the open air and, as a result, hands, food and water become contaminated with faecal elements. This leads to serious consequences for health, including faecally transmitted infections such as diarrhoea, and parasitic infections.

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