Strategies to Reduce the Devastating Costs of Early Childhood Diarrhea and Its Potential Long-Term Impact: Imperatives that We Can No Longer Afford to Ignore

Lima, Aldo A. M.; Guerrant, Richard L.
June 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;6/1/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 11, p1552
Academic Journal
This article focuses on strategies to reduce the devastating costs of early childhood diarrhea and its potential long-term impact. Although risk and protective factors may vary with local environments, host factors, and specific pathogens involved in acute diarrheal illnesses, cost-effective measures to prevent childhood diarrhea morbidity and mortality are widely recognized. These include immunizations for measles and possibly rotavirus, improved water supplies and sanitation facilities, promotion of breast-feeding, and education about weaning--measures that have been estimated to cost only $5-$60 per case of diarrheal illness averted and $130-$3000 per death averted.


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