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Poor nations are told to scale up strategies to prevent and treat diarrhoea in children

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4223
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Developing countries need to scale up measures that have been proved to prevent and treat diarrhoea among children, say Unicef and the World Health Organization. Every year 1.5 million children aged under 5 years die from diarrhoea, more than 80% of them in Africa and south Asia, they say in a report.

    “Reducing these deaths depends largely on delivering lifesaving treatment of low osmolarity oral rehydration salts and zinc tablets to all children in need,” note Ann Veneman, Unicef’s executive director, and Margaret Chan, WHO’s director general, in a foreword to the study.

    However, the …

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