GlobalPost Blog Examines History Of ORS Use In Bangladesh

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines the history of the use of oral rehydration solution (ORS) — a blend of salt, sugar, and clean water — in Bangladesh, writing, “A simple electrolyte blend, ORS was formulated to treat cholera by U.S. and Bengali researchers in the late 1960s at the Pakistan-SEATO, the predecessor to the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b).” The blog states, “Since 2007, the 2011 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey reports, about 78 percent of children with diarrhea have been treated with ORS, which is readily available at shops and clinics today.” The therapy “is now a mainstream treatment around the world, with UNICEF distributing 500 million sachets to 60 countries each year,” according to the blog (Yee, 6/24).