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Preventing diarrhoea should be global priority, says WHO

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 18 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3372
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    The prevention and treatment of diarrhoea must become an international priority if the number of deaths from diarrhoea and overall child mortality are to be reduced, says a new report.

    More than four years after new recommendations for treatment, diarrhoea remains the second leading cause of death among children, and few children in developing countries are receiving these lifesaving interventions, says the report (Bulletin of the World Health Organization doi:10.2471/BLT.08.058990).

    “Diarrhoea continues to kill nearly two million children each year, leads to …

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