Egypt: Control of Diarrheal Diseases Goes National
This case study, developed as part of JSI's Best Practices in Scaling Up
series, describes the national implementation of JSI's oral rehydration therapy (ORT) program to treat diarrheal disease in Egypt. Prior to this intervention, dehydration due to diarrhea was the leading cause of death in Egyptian children under five-years-old; meanwhile, ORT was emerging as a simple and sustainable option that could help reverse this trend. The case study delineates the course of this mass life-saving effort in the 1980s and 1990s, including steps in scale-up, the role of media in bringing about behavior change, and results of the efforts. As a result, virtually all mothers in Egypt understand and practice the preparation and use of ORT, and diarrheal disease control is now integrated into the Ministry of Health's activities. Susan Klein and Elizabeth Burleigh, John Snow, Inc., 2008.
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