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19%: The increase in the recommended treatment for diarrhoea coverage in developing countries from 1995 to 2005

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

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

For more than two decades, oral rehydration therapy (ORT) has been the cornerstone of treatment programmes for childhood diarrhoeal diseases. Recommendations on its use have changed over time, however, and there is thus a relative lack of comparable treatment data from the early to mid- 1990s. Though limited, the data indicate that coverage of treatment for children under five appears to have improved significantly across the developing world (excluding China) over the past decade, including in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

But coverage still remains too low.

Source: UNICEF global databases, 2007. Trend analysis is based on a subset of 31 developing countries where comparable trend data were available; the estimate for sub-Saharan Africa does not include Nigeria, and the estimate for developing countries does not include China.

UNICEF, Progress for Children, A World Fit for Children Statistical Review, 2007, New York, December 2007



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