The Burden of Diarrheal Disease

In a new study, the World Health Organization, along with collaborators from the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and 13 other research institutions, have estimated that 842,000 deaths from diarrheal disease in low- and middle-income countries can be attributed to poor water, sanitation and hygiene. In children under five years of age, 361,000 deaths could be prevented, representing 5.5% of deaths in that age group. The new analysis is reported in Tropical Medicine & International Health.

Prüss-Ustün, Annette, Jamie Bartram, Sandy Cairncross, Paul R Hunter, Richard B Johnston, Colin Mathers, Daniel Mäusezahl, et al. 2014. “Burden of Disease from Inadequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Low- and Middle-income Settings: a Retrospective Analysis of Data from 145 Countries.” Tropical Medicine & International Health 19 (8) (April 29): 894–905. doi:10.1111/tmi.12329.