Water, sanitation, hygiene and enteric infections in children

Abstract

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WSH) measures remain critically important to global public health, especially among children in lower income countries, who are at greatest risk from enteric infections and their associated symptoms, complications and sequelae. This article reviews the evidence linking WSH measures to faecal-oral diseases in children. Although continued research is needed, existing evidence from the last 150 years supports extending life-saving WSH measures to at-risk populations worldwide. We present estimates of the burden of WSH-related disease followed by brief overviews of water, sanitation and hygiene-related transmission routes and control measures. We conclude with a summary of current international targets and progress.

Citation

Brown, J.; Cairncross, S.; Ensink, J.H.J. Water, sanitation, hygiene and enteric infections in children. Archives of Disease in Childhood (2013) : [DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2011-301528] [Published Online First, 12 June 2013]

Water, sanitation, hygiene and enteric infections in children

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