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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||East African Medical Journal|
|State||Published - Sep 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)