Target to reduce child mortality is under threat from lack of progress on diarrhoea

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b972
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Two million children die every year from diarrhoea, the World Health Organization says, and more research is urgently needed to determine why mortality remains so high.

    Despite the fact that diarrhoea continues to cause almost 20% of deaths among children worldwide, the amount of research into the disease has been steadily falling since the 1980s, says WHO. If childhood diarrhoea is not tackled urgently, the world will fail to achieve the United Nations’ fourth millennium development goal of reducing the number …

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