Yesterday (14th October 09)
UNICEF and WHO launched a joint strategy to reduce child mortality from
diarrhoeal diseases. The strategy is encapsulated in a report entitled
"Diarrhoea, why children are still dying and what can be done".
"We know where children are dying of diarrhoea. We know what must be
done to prevent those deaths. We must work with governments and
partners to put this seven-point plan into action." said Dr Margaret
Chan, Director-General WHO.
At the report’s core are 7 specific points to reduce child mortality from diarrhoea:
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; community-wide sanitation promotion.
The article and full report can be downloaded here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2009/childhood_deaths_diarrhoea_20091014/en/index.html