Wednesday, October 14, 2009

[EQ] Diarrhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done

Diarrhoea :Why children are still dying and what can be done

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)/World Health Organization (WHO), 2009

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14 OCTOBER 2009 | NEW YORK | GENEVA -- Global campaigns to fight diarrhoea - the second deadliest illness for children – must be re-energized to prevent the deaths of millions in the developing world, UNICEF and WHO said today as they released a new report on the disease.

The report, Diarrhoea: why children are still dying and what can be done, lays out a seven-point plan that includes a treatment package to reduce childhood diarrhoea deaths and a prevention strategy to ensure long-term results. The seven specific points are:

1.       fluid replacement to prevent dehydration;

2.       zinc treatment;

3.       rotavirus and measles vaccinations;

4.       promotion of early and exclusive breastfeeding and vitamin A supplementation;

5.       promotion of hand washing with soap;

6.       improved water supply quantity and quality, including treatment and safe storage of household water; and

7.       community-wide sanitation promotion. …”




Executive summary

1 The global burden of childhood diarrhoea

2 Diarrhoeal diseases: The basics

3 Preventing and treating childhood diarrhoea: Where we stand today

4 A 7-point plan for comprehensive diarrhoea control

Data used in this report


Statistical annex


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