Zinc for diarrhoea management in sub-Saharan Africa: A review

C. L. Fischer Walker, S. Aboubaker, R. Van De Weerdt, R. E. Black

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Abstract

Objectives: To review the evidence supporting the inclusion of zinc for diarrhoea management specifically in sub-Saharan Africa where diarrhoea remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Data sources: We searched PubMed for studies assessing the efficacy and effectiveness of zinc for the treatment and prevention of common childhood morbidities. Study selection: We included only studies conducted in sub-Saharan Africa. Data synthesis: Details of studies conducted in sub-Saharan Africa are presented in the context of the global evidence supporting the use of zinc for diarrhoea management. Conclusions: There is a significant body of evidence to support the use of zinc for diarrhoea management in sub-Saharan Africa. The accelerated introduction of zinc into routine community-based diarrhoea treatment is critical for the reduction of diarrhoea morbidity and mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-449
Number of pages9
JournalEast African medical journal
Volume84
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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