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Am J Public Health. 1982 Oct;72(10):1124-8.

A diarrhea clinic in rural Bangladesh: influence of distance, age, and sex on attendance and diarrheal mortality.


Attendance rates at a diarrhea clinic were monitored in a defined population in rural Bangladesh. Weekly home visits were also carried out to determine diarrheal attacks in communities within six miles of the clinic. Within the first one mile radius, 90 per cent of diarrheal cases came to the clinic for treatment. At two miles the attendance fell to 70 per cent for males and 40 per cent for females. On an average, the greater the distance to the clinic, the more severe was the degree of dehydration on presentation, requiring more frequent use of intravenous fluid. Mortality secondary to diarrhea was significantly reduced only within a two-mile radius of the clinic.

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