From: Khin Thet Wai, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 4:40 PM
I have some recent information related to the requirement of HWTS promotion for under five children in low and middle income peri-urban households to combat acute diarrhoea as well as ARI. This research paper has been presented at 41st Myanmar Health Research Congress (7-11 January, 2013). This manuscript is now preparing for publications. The lead author won Young Researcher Award.
The paper is entitled: “The burden of common childhood illnesses in peri-urban households: the multiple effects of multiple exposures to environmental conditions” By: Su Latt Tun Myint , Khin Thet Wai , Khay Mar Mya and Phyu Sin Aye Department of Medical Research (lower Myanmar) and University of Public Health, Yangon
One cross-sectional study done between September-November, 2012 in Yangon Region, Myanmar covered 620 mothers/care-takers of under-five children from low and middle income peri-urban households. They reported 3.9% (24/620) of acute diarrhoea and 48.4% (300/620) of acute respiratory infections in index children within past two weeks. The odds of occurrence of ARI increased if they had suffered from acute diarrhea (crude OR=4.6; 95% CI- 1.6-11.6; P=0.002). Integrated water, sanitation, and hygiene strategies for reducing acute diarrhea are likely to reduce ARI.
Dr. Khin Thet Wai
Director (Socio-Medical Research)
Department of Medical Research (lower Myanmar)