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Gabriela Mistral
Wealthy nations must follow through on disease fight
Wealthy nations must follow through on disease fight

In 1980, I moved my family from Maryland to the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona to work on an issue most people are not comfortable talking about — diarrhea. At the time, diarrhea, which is preventable and treatable, was rampantly killing children on the reservation at a rate seven times the national average. Working hand-in-hand with tribal leadership, we introduced oral rehydration solution (ORS) — a mixture of sugar, salt and water — to treat the deadly dehydration diarrhea can cause. At the time, ORS was new and game changing. On the reservation, its effects were remarkable. Diarrhea deaths were virtually eliminated. While deaths from diarrhea are rare in...

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