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Low-Cost Oral Rehydration Solution Can Save Many Lives Worldwide

Skoll World Forum: ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives
Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Anita Zaidi, director of the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases Program at the foundation

“…One critically important intervention the health community has used for decades is a low-cost sugar and salt mixture called oral rehydration solution (ORS) which helps rehydrate children in a matter of hours. … There is no doubt that this simple solution is a magical elixir, and many people have worked hard to promote its continued and increased use. … We must continue to work to promote the use of ORS wherever people may benefit from it — from heat waves in Pakistan, to Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, to parents throughout the world with young children experiencing diarrhea…” (7/27).

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