ETEC and Shigella are the leading bacterial causes of diarrheal disease. Scientists are working hard to develop vaccines against these deadly pathogens so they can soon become available to the children who need them most.
Superheroes and villains face off in the battle to DefeatDD! With their powers combined, Nutrition, Vaccines, WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), and ORS + Zinc help children, families, and communities conquer the biggest bugs terrorizing towns and sickening kids with diarrhea—Rotavirus, ETEC, Shigella, and Cryptosporidium.
Every family across the world wants the best for their children. But everyday dangers in their environment make diarrhea a common and serious threat: more than half a million children die from diarrhea each year, and millions more are hospitalized. Simple solutions can defeat diarrhea -- and its consequences -- when they are woven into the fabric of community health.
More than 75 countries have introduced rotavirus vaccines in less than 10 years – the fastest scale up of a child vaccine ever. Children who are vaccinated are 50-94% less likely to be hospitalized for severe rotavirus diarrhea, but the vaccines aren’t reaching all children. Rotavirus is still responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths per year. Help us share this story so we can protect all children from rotavirus.
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Zambia is leading the charge to defeat diarrhea. The country serves as a model for the successful integration of policies, education, safe drinking water, rotavirus vaccines, and ORS/zinc.
Video: PATH; Photos: PATH/Gareth Bentley.
Schools are important focal points for communities. These students in Mazabuka, Zambia, are teachers for their peers, families, and communities about the importance of safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene. They also know a thing or two about performance poo-etry!
To learn more about the WASH in schools program, see our slideshow.
Video: PATH; Photos: PATH/Gareth Bentley
Diarrhea is a leading killer of children in Kenya, even though it is entirely preventable. But the country has seen great progress, particularly with increased availability of zinc due to over-the-counter status. Alfred Ochola, PATH's diarrheal disease program coordinator in Western Kenya, speaks on a local TV station about the causes of diarrhea in Kenya and practical prevention and treatment guidance for caregivers.
Janet Mbawo, Maternal and Child Health Coordinator and District Health Officer in Kafue, Zambia, describes the hygiene messages that community health workers and clinicians teach mothers and schoolchildren, such as handwashing with soap at critical times.
Special thanks to the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ).
"Together, we shall fight diarrhea!"
In this clip, students at Mukuyu Basic School in rural Mazabuka, Zambia, showcase their health knowledge by performing pooetry. We like their style!
Click through our photo album to see more student activities.
Special thanks to Africare for giving us a tour of their WASH in schools program.