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38: Children under-five with diarrhoea in sub-Saharan Africa receiving the recommended treatment increased from 32 per cent in 2000 to 38 per cent in 2008

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality.

Target: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate. 

The recommended treatment for children under five with diarrhoea is oral rehydration therapy (oral rehydration salts or recommended homemade fluids or increased fluids), along with continued feeding.

The recommended treatment for children under five with diarrhoea is oral rehydration therapy (oral rehydration salts or recommended homemade fluids or increased fluids), along with continued feeding.

While trend data are limited, data from 26 sub-Saharan African countries with comparable data available for around 2000 and 2006, covering nearly half of the African under-five population, indicate that there has been little progress in increasing coverage with the recommended treatment in this region - increasing only from 32 per cent in 2000 to 38 per cent in 2008.

In fact, there has been little progress in expanding case management for major childhood illnesses across sub-Saharan Africa, where the burden of these diseases is greatest. The lack of any significant progress in the case management of pneumonia, diarrheal diseases and malaria underlines the urgent need to strengthen the integrated community-based treatment of childhood diseases within the overall health system. 

Source:  UNICEF global databases, 2008.

Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/709_progress.html

 


 

 

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