Appropriate Treatment of Diarrhoea - Recognition of Warning Signs

Output indicator

Indicator Phrasing

% of caretakers which can specify at least 3 situations of when a child suffering from diarrhoea needs to be taken to a health facility
% de gardiens d’enfants qui peuvent spécifier au moins 3 situations où un enfant souffrant de diarrhée doit être conduit dans un établissement de santé
% rodičů schopných uvést alespoň 3 situace, kdy dítě trpící průjmem musí být vyšetřeno ve zdravotním středisku

Indicator Phrasing

English: % of caretakers which can specify at least 3 situations of when a child suffering from diarrhoea needs to be taken to a health facility

French: % de gardiens d’enfants qui peuvent spécifier au moins 3 situations où un enfant souffrant de diarrhée doit être conduit dans un établissement de santé

Czech: % rodičů schopných uvést alespoň 3 situace, kdy dítě trpící průjmem musí být vyšetřeno ve zdravotním středisku

What is its purpose?

Several warning signs indicate when home treatment of diarrhoea is not sufficient and a child must be taken to a health facility. The indicator measures the proportion of caretakers aware of at least 3 out of 5 to 6 key warning signs.

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)

Q1Can you please tell me the symptoms of when a child's diarrhoea is so dangerous, that the child needs to be taken to a health facility for treatment?

A1:

1) the child has blood in her/ his stool

2) the child’s stool resembles white water

3) the child has fever

4) the child does not drink more fluids than usual

5) the diarrhoea lasts for 4 or more days

6) (if old enough) the child complains about severe pain in the abdomen or rectum

7) other: .....................

8) I don't know

 

NOTE: Encourage the data collectors to probe for further explanation if the respondent provides only limited response (for example, by asking: "Do you know about any other symptoms?").

   

Calculate the indicator's value by dividing the number of caretakers which could specify at least 3 situations of when a child suffering from diarrhoea needs to be taken to a health facility by the total number of interviewed caretakers and multiplying the result by 100.

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