Sunday, 1 June 2008

U5 diarrhoeal disease deaths

Just published on-line in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Estimating child mortality due to diarrhoea in developing countries: a meta-analysis review. The main findings were “Global deaths from diarrhoea of children aged less than five were estimated at 1.87 million (95% confidence interval, CI: 1.56–2.19), approximately 19% of total child deaths. WHO African and South-East Asia regions combined contain 78% (1.46 million) of all diarrhoea deaths occurring among children in the developing world; 73% of these deaths are concentrated in just 15 developing countries.”