In a speech delivered at Pan-American Health Organization headquarters in
Washington, DC on 2 March 1994, UNICEF Executive
Director James P. Grant called for a major global push to achieve 80 per cent
oral rehydration therapy (ORT) use rates against
diarrhoea by the end of 1995, thus saving more than an additional one million young lives per year.
Attended by government representatives, international agency officials, public
health experts, and NGO activists, the conference
celebrated the 25th anniversary of what The Lancet describes as "potentially the
most important medical advance of the century," the
discovery of oral rehydration therapy. ORT provides children with the liquid, salt, and glucose needed to counteract the fatal
dehydrating effects of diarrhoea.
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