Diarrhoea : Why children are still dying and what can be done
Publisher/Organizer: World Health Organization and UNICEF
Publication date: October 2009
14 OCTOBER 2009 | NEW YORK | GENEVA -- Global campaigns to fight diarrhoea - the second deadliest illness for children – must be re-energized to prevent the deaths of millions in the developing world, UNICEF and WHO said today as they released a new report on the disease.
The report, Diarrhoea: why children are still dying and what can be done, lays out a seven-point plan that includes a treatment package to reduce childhood diarrhoea deaths and a prevention strategy to ensure long-term results. The seven specific points are:
- Fluid replacement to prevent dehydration;
- zinc treatment;
- rotavirus and measles vaccinations;
- promotion of early and exclusive breastfeeding and vitamin A supplementation;
- promotion of hand washing with soap;
- improved water supply quantity and quality, including treatment and safe storage of household water; and
- community-wide sanitation promotion. "