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Shocking half a million children still die from diarrhoea each year

Diarrhoea kills almost half a million children under 5 years old each year worldwide, according to a new Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Researchers found that Diarrhoea is the fourth leading cause of death for children and responsible for 8.6% of all deaths of children aged under 5. 42% of these deaths occur in India and Nigeria alone. “Diarrhoeal diseases disproportionately affect young children,” says lead author Dr Ali Mokdad, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, USA. “Despite some promising reductions in mortality, the devastating impact of these diseases cannot be overlooked. Immediate and sustained actions must be taken to help low-income countries address this problem by increasing healthcare access and the use of oral rehydration solutions.”

The study was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It was conducted by scientists from the Global Burden of Disease Diarrhoeal Diseases Collborators at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

The study estimates that, in 2015, there were 2.39 billion episodes of diarrhoeal disease globally, with 957.5 million of these being in children. There were a total of 1.31 million …

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