07/11/2022

Oral rehydration salts and zinc: Co-packaging offers simple solution to save children from diarrhoea

Oral rehydration salts (ORS) are considered one of the most significant medical innovations of the twentieth century. They are a cheap and effective treatment to diarrhoea, which is a leading cause of deaths of children under five. From 2000 to 2019, the total annual number of deaths from diarrhoea among children under 5 decreased by 61 per cent…, Game changer, The impact of ORS on the efforts to save children from diarrhoea is even more remarkable when the product is used in combination with zinc. Approximately 70 to 90 per cent of deaths caused by acute watery diarrhoea can be prevented by oral rehydration salt, while zinc is estimated to decrease diarrhoea mortality by 11.5 per cent. Zinc is a vital…, Saving children’s lives, Childhood diarrhoea can be caused by several diseases and conditions, mainly brought about by pathogens found in contaminated drinking water. It usually passes in three or four days, but because so much liquid and salts are lost through stools and vomiting, it can become life-threatening if not treated.   In addition to adequate and timely…, WHO’s Essential Medicines List, UNICEF started procuring ORS in 1975 after agreeing with WHO on promoting a single formula of oral rehydration salt in standard sachets. In the same year, UNICEF purchased its first supply of ORS on what seemed like an ambitious scale at the time - 1,088,000 packets from Australia. In 2006, UNICEF started procuring zinc tablets in addition to ORS…, UNICEF tender, UNICEF assists governments in increasing the use of ORS and zinc by sourcing and promoting quality co-packaged ORS and zinc in countries that require quality-assured, secure and stable programme supply. In 2021, UNICEF distributed over 93 million zinc tablets and more than 30 million oral rehydration salt sachets worldwide and works to expand…