Evaluation of national scaling up of therapeutic provision of zinc for the treatment of diarrhea in children 1-59 months in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, India
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With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Diarrhea Alleviation through Zinc and ORS Therapy (DAZT) program was initiated in 2010 to improve access to and utilization of zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS) among children 2-59 months for treatment of acute diarrhea in 6 of 26 districts in Gujarat State, India. To optimize introduction and product uptake, programmatic activities have employed a dual private and public sector delivery strategy with support from two non-governmental organizations (NGOs): Family Health International (FHI-360) which manages delivery through the private sector, and the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) which manages the public sector. JHSPH is presently working with Centre for Health Research and Development, Society for Applied Studies in Delhi to conduct the external evaluation of the DAZT project.
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