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Prevention & Control in Southeast Asia

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In Southeast Asia, many children under 5 years old suffer from acute diarrhea. On average, a child in the region has three episodes of diarrhea a year. In some countries, it can be as high as 12 episodes of diarrhea per child per year. Learn more about the Global Diarrhea Burden.

Lack of safe drinking water, proper sanitation, adequate hygiene, access to essential health services, and awareness about how to prevent diarrhea make the poor especially vulnerable to acute diarrheal diseases including cholera.

Simple and safe prevention measures, such as safe drinking water, proper disposal of human waste, and frequent handwashing, can greatly reduce deaths due to cholera among children and adults.

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