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Fact of the week



37: The percentage of children under-five with diarrhoea living in rural areas of developing countries who receive the recommended treatment is 37, as compared to 41 for urban areas

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality.
Target: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate.
Since 2004, UNICEF and WHO recommend treating childhood diarrhoea by replacing fluids through oral rehydration therapy, using oral rehydration salts (ORS), the ‘gold standard’ for oral rehydration therapy.
In terms of getting the recommended diarrhoea treatment, boys and girls receive appropriate care at similar rates.
Children under five with diarrhoea in urban areas (41 per cent) are more likely to receive the recommended treatment than those living in rural areas (37 per cent) of developing countries.

Source: UNICEF global databases 2010, from MICS, DHS and other national surveys.
Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/diarrhoea_progress.html



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