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Bridging the gap from knowledge to delivery in the control of childhood diarrhoea

  • 2012/09/01
Type of publication
  • Articles
  • Isanaka S
  • Elder G
  • Schaefer M
  • Vasset B
  • Baron E
  • Grais RF
  • Diarrheal diseases

Despite its low profile on the child survival agenda, diarrhoea is the second leading killer of children under 5 years of age and accounts for 10% of child deaths every year.1 But although diarrhoeal disease is preventable and can be managed with low-cost interventions, progress in reducing its incidence in children has been slow in recent years.2 In 2009, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly published Diarrhoea: why children are still dying and what can be done, a report intended to raise awareness of the issue and to lay out a comprehensive plan of action for reducing the incidence of childhood diarrhoea and its associated mortality.3 In June 2012, UNICEF issued another call to action in Pneumonia and diarrhoea: tackling the deadliest diseases for the world's poorest children and urged a refocusing of efforts to reduce preventable deaths caused by diarrhoea.4