Sources for Sick Child Care in 24 USAID Priority Countries
Understanding if and where sick children are taken for care is critical to enhance interventions for treating childhood illnesses and improving child survival. Both the public and private sectors are important sources of care for sick children, and their role varies across contexts and socioeconomic statuses. This brief uses the most recent Demographic and Health Survey data from 24 of the 25 USAID maternal and child survival priority countries to examine where treatment or advice is sought for sick children who experienced at least one of three treatable illnesses that are leading causes of death in children under five: fever, acute respiratory infection, or diarrhea.
Prevalence of acute respiratory infection, diarrhea, and fever by region (%)