Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Estimating child mortality due to diarrhoea in developing countries

Cynthia Boschi-Pinto, Lana Velebit, Kenji Shibuya

Volume 86, Number 9, September 2008, 710-717

Table 2. Estimates of diarrhoea deaths among children aged less than 5 years in low- and middle-income regions of the world, 2004

WHO region Mortality stratuma Average of diarrhoea-proportional mortality (%) Estimated diarrhoea deaths (thousands) Uncertainty ranges (thousands)
African (AFR) D 17.8 402 346–455
E 17.5 365 315–413
Americas (AMR) B 13.3 35 30–40
D 14.9 14 12–16
Eastern Mediterranean (EMR) B 13.4 12 10–14
D 16.9 221 190–250
South-East Asia (SEAR) B 22.3 44 34–53
D 24.5 651 500–793
Western Pacific (WPR) B 13.8 105 90–118

World 18.7 1870 1558–2193

a WHO subregions are defined on the basis of levels of child and adult mortality: A, very low child and very low adult mortality; B, low child and low adult mortality; C, low child and high adult mortality; D, high child and high adult mortality; E, high child and very high adult mortality.

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