How we measure the true impact of diarrheal diseases

How we measure the true impact of diarrheal diseases hrandall Wed, 06/07/2017 – 10:56 Jun 07, 2017 Ibrahim Khalil Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington Puja Rao Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington   The problem: One-time illness or lifelong impairment?   When a child experiences a single episode of diarrhea, they typically feel uncomfortable for a short period of time, but with appropriate care, they recover and continue to live a life free from disability. But when access to safe water and sanitation is limited—and children are constantly exposed to an assortment of bacteria and viruses—what happens when a child experiences frequent bouts of diarrhea without proper remedy? To answer this question, we need to better understand the cyclical relationship of diarrheal diseases and enteric infections during the crucial period of early childhood development and related poor health outcomes that can result over a lifetime.

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How we measure the true impact of diarrheal diseases