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Unpublished Paper
Disparities in the Treatment of Childhood Diarrhoea in India
  • Nisha Malhotra, University of British Columbia
  • Nicholas Choy, University of British Columbia

Despite the severe impact of diarrhoea on children’s health and mortality in India, recent survey shows that only half of all children suffering from diarrhoea receive treatment or medical advice, and more than two-thirds receive no Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT). An understanding of the socio-demographic determinants for appropriate treatment of the disease will be critical for improving these figures. This analysis is based on the most recent National Family Health Survey (2007), which shows that children are more likely to receive ORT if they are treated in a public health facility, rather than in a private health facility. Households with mothers belonging to the youngest age group, lowest educational attainment, and poorest wealth index are the least likely groups to properly treat their children suffering from diarrhoea. A significant gender bias also exists as parents show a preferential treatment of male children and delay seeking treatment for their female children. The low usage of ORT can also be attributed to a combination of low health knowledge among the aforementioned groups, and low use of public health facilities.

  • India,
  • ORT,
  • child health,
  • Childhood Diarrhoea
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Nisha Malhotra and Nicholas Choy. "Disparities in the Treatment of Childhood Diarrhoea in India" (2010)
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