Appropriate Treatment of Diarrhoea - ORS
English: % of children aged 8 - 23/ 59 months with diarrhoea in the last 2 weeks who were treated with correctly made oral rehydration solution (ORS)
French: % d'enfants âgés de 8 à 23 /59 mois atteints de diarrhée au cours des 2 dernières semaines qui ont été traités avec une solution de réhydratation orale (SRO) correctement préparée
Czech: % dětí ve věku 8 - 23/ 59 měsíců trpících během uplynulých 2 týdnů průjmem, které byly léčeny správně připraveným perorálním rehydratačním roztokem
What is its purpose?
The indicator measures the proportion of children with diarrhoea who were treated with ORS either purchased in a sachet or prepared at home according to local health professionals' recommendations (usually 6 level teaspoons of sugar and 1/2 level teaspoon of salt dissolved in 1 litre of clean water).
How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data
Collect the following data by conducting individual interviews with a representative sample of the primary caretakers (mainly mothers).
RECOMMENDED SURVEY QUESTIONS (Q) AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS (A)
(ask the questions only if the child had diarrhoea in the last two weeks)
Q1: When your child had diarrhoea, was s/he given any treatment?
A1: yes / no / I do not remember / not applicable
(ask the following question only if the previous answer is YES)
Q2: What kind of treatment did you provide for her/him?
1) homemade ORS
2) pre-packaged ORS
3) other government-recommended homemade fluid
4) local herbs
5) other - specify: ........................................
6) I don't remember
(ask the following questions only if homemade ORS was provided)
Q3: How did you prepare ORS?
A3: ORS was prepared correctly / ORS was NOT prepared correctly
Q4: What kind of water did you use for preparing ORS?
1) water from the river, stream or pond
2) water from an open well
3) tap water
4) water from a tube well/ borehole
5) water from a protected dug well or spring
7) filtered/ boiled/ otherwise treated water
8) other: ...............................
9) I don't remember
NOTES: 1) adjust the pre-set answers according to the local context; 2) do not read the re-defined answers. ORS was "correctly prepared" if it was mixed in the right quantity (see below) with safe drinking water.
Calculate the indicator's value by dividing the number of children who were treated with correctly prepared ORS by the total number of surveyed children and multiplying it by 100.
1) This indicator relies on accurate age assessment. Since people often do not remember the exact dates of their children’s birth, the data collectors should never rely only on the information provided by caregivers and always verify the child’s age. This can be done by reviewing the child’s birth certificate or other documents; however, since many caregivers do not have such documents, it is essential that your data collectors are able to determine the child’s age by using local events calendars. Read FAO’s Guidelines (see below) to learn how to prepare local events calendars and how to train data collectors in their correct use.
2) Ensure that all data collectors have the same, clear understanding of what "ORS was prepared correctly" means - ask local health facilities about how exactly do they recommend local caretakers to prepare ORS. The most common recommendation for a homemade ORS preparation is to dissolve 6 level teaspoons of sugar and 1/2 level teaspoon of salt in 1 litre of clean water. Another option is to use ORS measuring spoons.
3) Assess whether local health facilities recommend other medicine than ORS - if so, specify it in the questionnaire.
4) In the local context, ORS can have a different name - make sure that you use it in your questionnaire.
5) If you know that the vast majority of respondents use potable water, you do not need to ask the last question.
6) Adding too much sugar into ORS can make the diarrhoea worse; adding too much salt can be extremely harmful to the child - therefore always include Q3.
7) Most likely, only a small part of the assessed children had diarrhoea which means that you will be able to ask these questions only to a limited number of caretakers, resulting in lower representativeness - therefore, if possible, use a larger sample of respondents.
8) Consider assessing also the percentage of children with diarrhoea who received: i) correctly prepared ORS and more fluids (see the relevant indicator), ii) a higher amount of food (see the relevant indicator) and iii) correctly prepared ORS, more fluids and the same or a higher amount of food (i.e. the most recommended treatment).
9) Disaggregate the data by sex and age groups.