Call to Action

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Call to Action

Since its launch in May 2009, our Call to Action against diarrheal disease has received tremendous support from the health, water and sanitation, and environmental sectors—with more than 100 organizations signing on! And this is just the beginning of efforts to raise the visibility of diarrhea and solutions to address it. We invite you to add your voice to urge donors, international health policymakers, national leaders, and the private sector to commit resources and political will to reduce deaths and illness from diarrheal disease.

 

 



Call to Action: Organizations

Over the last three decades, the global community has shown that it has the tools to dramatically reduce childhood death and illness from preventable and treatable diseases such as diarrhea. During that time, for example, millions of children’s lives have been saved by protecting them against diarrheal disease and its consequences through proven and affordable solutions. Yet diarrheal disease still unnecessarily takes the lives of more than 4,000 children daily, despite the fact that we hold in our hands more cost-effective and proven solutions for preventing and treating diarrhea than any other childhood illness. By increased and effective allocation of resources in a portfolio of improved treatment, nutrition, and water and sanitation interventions, we can help ensure that this common disease is no longer a leading killer of children in low-income countries. We ask our leaders to consider the burden that diarrheal disease imposes on billions around the world and within their own countries, and to recognize that our investment in deploying solutions must be commensurate with the toll that diarrhea takes.

To that end, we call upon donors, international health policymakers, national leaders, and the private sector to:

  • Invest the resources to ensure that funding for diarrheal disease, including both prevention and treatment interventions, is commensurate with the scope of the burden the illness places on families and communities around the world.
  • Redouble our commitment to reducing child mortality by 2015, as stated in the WHO/UNICEF joint statement on the Millennium Development Goals, with a focus on diarrheal disease as a strategy for clear and rapid progress toward that goal.
  • Invest in the research and development of new effective, appropriate, and affordable prevention and treatment options for diarrheal disease.
  • Prioritize the implementation of an appropriate combination of diarrhea interventions, including improved water, hygiene, and sanitation; optimal infant and young child feeding; increased access to and uptake of vitamin A, ORS and zinc; and rotavirus vaccination.
  • Include diarrhea prevention and control in international, regional and country plans on sanitation, water and hygiene.

Conversely, include sanitation, water, and hygiene interventions in health efforts, and commit to strengthening health systems capacity to address the environmental determinants of diarrheal disease.


Call to Action: Policymakers 

Over the last three decades, the global community has developed and distributed simple tools to dramatically reduce childhood death and illness from diarrheal disease. Yet diarrheal disease still unnecessarily takes the lives of more than 4,000 children daily, despite the fact that we hold in our hands more cost-effective and proven solutions for preventing and treating diarrhea than any other major child killer.

By increased and effective allocation of resources in a portfolio of improved treatment, nutrition, and water and sanitation interventions, we can help ensure that this common disease is no longer a leading killer of children in low-income countries. We ask our leaders to consider the burden that diarrheal disease imposes on billions around the world and within their own countries, and to recognize that our investment in deploying solutions must be commensurate with the toll that diarrhea takes.

To that end, we call upon policymakers and national leaders to:

  • Invest the resources to ensure that funding for diarrheal disease interventions, including both prevention and treatment tools, is commensurate with the scope of the burden the illness places on families and communities.
  • Redouble our commitment to reducing child mortality by 2015, as stated in the WHO/UNICEF joint statement on the Millennium Development Goals, with a focus on diarrheal disease as a strategy for clear and rapid progress toward that goal.
  • Invest in the research and development of new effective, appropriate and affordable prevention and treatment options for diarrheal disease.
  • Prioritize the implementation of an appropriate combination of diarrhea interventions, including improved water, hygiene and sanitation; optimal infant and young child feeding; increased access to and uptake of vitamin A, ORS and zinc; and rotavirus vaccination.
  • Include diarrhea prevention and control in international, regional, and country plans on sanitation, water, and hygiene.

Conversely, include sanitation, water, and hygiene interventions in health efforts, and commit to strengthening health systems capacity to address the environmental determinants of diarrheal disease.


Call to Action: Individual Advocates 

Over the last three decades, the global community has developed and disseminated simple tools to dramatically reduce childhood death and illness from diarrheal disease. Yet diarrheal disease still unnecessarily takes the lives of more than 4,000 children daily, despite the fact that we hold in our hands more cost-effective and proven solutions for preventing and treating diarrhea than any other major child killer.

By joining our voices to raise awareness and promote a portfolio of improved treatment, nutrition, and water and sanitation interventions, we can help ensure that this common disease is no longer a leading killer of children in low-income countries.

Three things you can do right now:

  1. Learn about the next steps you can take to get involved.
  2. Sign up for the 3D News e-newsletter to stay informed on the issue and find out additional ways you can help.
  3. Follow DefeatDD.org on Twitter and re-tweet our messages.