New consortium set up to provide evidence on which interventions work in improving sanitation

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 18 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6620
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

Up to 2.4 million deaths a year could be prevented in the developing world, if people had adequate access to hygiene, sanitation, and drinking water, report a series of evidence based articles.

Many diseases, including diarrhoea, cholera, and typhoid, could be prevented in poor countries with cheap and proved interventions, according to the papers published by the Public Library of Science, PLoS.

The Water & Sanitation Series urges members of the health community, water, and sanitary professionals to engage collaboratively to reduce this “devastating disease burden.”

The papers, written by leading public health academics and water advocates, highlight that about 4000 …

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