Immediate and sustained action urged as diarrhoea remains among leading causes of child mortality despite improved access to clean water and sanitation

Half a million children under the age of five died from diarrhoea-related illnesses in 2015, despite a significant reduction in the number of child deaths from such diseases over the past decade.

The number of deaths fell by 34% between 2005 and 2015 after concerted efforts to improve water and sanitation worldwide, according to a study published in the Lancet on Friday.

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