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ORT: Celebration and Challenge

Address by James P. Grant, Executive Director of UNICEF

ORT: Celebration and Challenge

In a speech delivered at Pan-American Health Organization headquarters in Washington, DC on 2 March 1994, UNICEF Executive Director James P. Grant called for a major global push to achieve 80 per cent oral rehydration therapy (ORT) use rates against diarrhoea by the end of 1995, thus saving more than an additional one million young lives per year.

Attended by government representatives, international agency officials, public health experts, and NGO activists, the conference celebrated the 25th anniversary of what The Lancet describes as "potentially the most important medical advance of the century," the discovery of oral rehydration therapy. ORT provides children with the liquid, salt, and glucose needed to counteract the fatal dehydrating effects of diarrhoea.

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updated: 23 August, 2019