Diarrhea treatment (% of children under 5 receiving oral rehydration and continued feeding)
Definition: Children with diarrhea who received oral rehydration and continued feeding refer to the percentage of children under age five with diarrhea in the two weeks prior to the survey who received either oral rehydration therapy or increased fluids, with continued feeding.
Description: The map below shows how Diarrhea treatment (% of children under 5 receiving oral rehydration and continued feeding) varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is Mexico, with a value of 79.90. The country with the lowest value in the world is Botswana, with a value of 7.00.
Source: UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, and Demographic and Health Surveys.
Development Relevance: Most diarrhea-related deaths are due to dehydration, and many of these deaths can be prevented with the use of oral rehydration salts at home.
Limitations and Exceptions: Recommendations for the use of oral rehydration therapy have changed over time based on scientific progress, so it is difficult to accurately compare use rates across countries. Until the current recommended method for home management of diarrhea is adopted and applied in all countries, the data should be used with caution. Also, the prevalence of diarrhea may vary by season. Since country surveys are administered at different times, data comparability is further affected.
Aggregation method: Weighted average