The DHAKA score: a new paradigm for diarrhoeal disease treatment

The DHAKA score: a new paradigm for diarrhoeal disease treatment hrandall Thu, 06/01/2017 – 10:17 Jun 01, 2017 Zain Ali Communications Consultant, icddr,b While healthy adults can often recover easily from common diarrhoeal pathogens, they have a devastating impact on children: according to the World Health Organization (WHO), half a million children die every year due to diarrhoea, with the majority of deaths occurring in poor countries across the Global South.   Most of these children die because their bodies lose too much water through diarrhoea. The treatment of diarrhoeal diseases like cholera or rotavirus is, therefore, focused heavily on the treatment of dehydration.   In advanced economies, treating dehydration is neither technically nor logistically challenging; most children infected with diarrhoeal pathogens have access to high quality medical care.

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The DHAKA score: a new paradigm for diarrhoeal disease treatment