Diarrhoea Kills

My wife was at the local hospital yesterday, and overheard someone in the queue confide to the receptionist that “it’s coming out both ends!” 
If I was as articulate I could have made the same comment, and for the same reason, for diarrhoea is something I’ve endured for the past few days – and it’s something that affects all of us at some time or another.


For many the the worst things they have to face are the perfectly avoidable economic crises, but for those suffering diarrhoea their worst thing is much closer to home.


But what is an occasional inconvenience for those living in the rich west is a deadly killer elsewhere. Diarrheal diseases, such as cholera and rotavirus, kill 1.5 million kids each year worldwide, most under 2 years old. These children die from dehydration, weakened immune systems and malnutrition. Often they get sick from drinking dirty water.


Death can often be prevented by giving children fluid replacement, a simple recipe of salt and sugar mixed with clean water to help ward off dehydration. Yet 60 percent of children with diarrhoea never receive the concoction. 


We should be grateful that in the UK we have a plentiful supply of clean water.
Enough clean water to wash, drink, cook with, and water our gardens.


Shouting in celebration “I’ve got diarrhoea” should be limited to Scrabble.  

Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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