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Recognizing Dehydration

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Recognizing Dehydration


Recognizing Dehydration

If mothers could recognize and treat dehydration early on at home, the great majority of children would not need additional medical care. While only 41% of mothers in Maharashtra can correctly identify symptoms suggesting a child needs medical treatment for dehydration, 77% take a child with diarrhoea to a health facility. In this way, better practice and education would save mothers the trouble and expense of travelling to the health centre (and also prevent them from spending money on unnecessary drugs), and it would release some of the burden on health facilities, allowing better treatment for children who are severely ill.


Name: Recognizing Dehydration
Theme: Health Education to Mothers Region and Country: Maharashtra, India
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This program will educate mothers how to recognize dehydration early on at home.

Intended Results:
Mothers will be educated about how to recognize and treat dehydration early on at home. Mothers in Maharashtra could prevent up to 90% of diarrhoeal deaths with this practice and other sound diarrhoea management measures if administered early and correctly.

Programme Management and Implementation:
The plastic one-litre bottle with relevant information printed on it will be distributed to all mothers in the state of Maharashtra. Health care providers will ensure that mothers are using the materials correctly for the specified purposes. The materials designed for and used in the programme will be pre-tested to ensure clarity and success on a larger scale.

Programme Monitoring and Evaluation:
Programme monitoring will ensure that materials are reaching all mothers in the state of Maharashtra, and that mothers understand how to recognize signs of dehydration early on at home. Statistics on mothers ability to correctly recognize dehydration early on at home will be compared to and evaluated to those before program implementation. The programme will be modified as necessary.

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