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Title: Basic hygiene can beat diarrhoea : a lesson from the slums of Dhaka
Authors: Alam, Jahangir
Bellamy, Rufus
Date: 2009
Publisher: SANDEE, Kathmandu, NP
Series/Report no.: SANDEE policy brief / South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics; no. 40-09
Abstract: Diarrhoea is a common water-borne disease amongst slum children in Bangladesh and is one of the five leading causes of infant illness and death in the country. Now, a new SANDEE study has looked at the causes and impacts of this disease in the slums of Dhaka. The study finds that overcrowding and poor basic amenities, coupled with a lack of attention to basic personal hygiene, results in a high risk of infection. Fifty percent of children in the study sample suffered from diarrhoea during a two-week period prior to the survey. However, relatively simple measures, such as the use of a narrow-neck water container or hand-washing can reduce diarrhoeal risk and duration. The mother's education and awareness also play an important role in lowering the prevalence of diarrhoea. The study assesses the financial cost of diarrhea to households and finds that slum households spend approximately 1% of their annual income on diarrhoea related costs.
Description: This policy brief is based on SANDEE working paper no. 46-09 "Prevalence and costs of childhood diarrhoea in the slums of Dhaka"
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Project Number: 102580
Project Title: South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)
Access: Open Access
Copyright: South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)
License: OA Permission License
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