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Child dehydration test outperforms WHO standard

A new diagnostic technique to determine dehydration caused by diarrhoea in children is more reliable and accurate than existing methods, say scientists who were part of a US-Bangladesh team that developed it.

The DHAKA (acronym for Dehydration: Assess Kids Accurately) score was tested on 496 under-five children under a validation study and the results published in Lancet Global Health, last month (August).

According to the study, the DHAKA score is significantly better in performance than the current standard, the WHO’s Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI).