[Video] A Common Disease, A Promising Solution


No children should die of diarrhea and, with a coordinated package of proven interventions, they don't have to. Rotavirus vaccines are among the newest tools in the fight against diarrheal disease and the only way to prevent severe infection. Follow their trail as they show dramatic impact in Nicaragua and demonstrate their potential for saving young lives in Africa and Asia.

[Story] Success Story: Breaking down barriers

The Curatio International Foundation engages health providers, academics, and policymakers to overcome resilient challenges in the Republic of Georgia.

Manana Khotchava, a pediatrician in Georgia, shakes her head sadly when asked about the problem of diarrheal disease in her country.

[Story] Success Story: Research to relieve burden

Dr. George Armah

Studies led by Dr. George Armah will have worldwide impact, but he looks to how they can make life better for his own community.

[Story] Success Story: A coordinated approach to fighting diarrhea in Nicaragua

More than a million doses of rotavirus vaccine help the country control a severe diarrheal disease outbreak.

When an outbreak of rotavirus nearly crippled Nicaragua’s health system six years ago, several Ministry of Health (MOH) departments formed a dedicated alliance to reduce the burden of diarrheal disease, including a unique team of experts on hygiene, epidemiology, nutrition, and child health.

[News & Event] Haiti's Latest Crisis: Death from Diarrhea

CBS News, February 2010

The acute phase of destruction in Haiti is over, but the second phase of the emergency is still taking its toll: respiratory infections, malnutrition, diarrhea due to unsafe water, and a lack of appropriate food for young children are now the biggest killers as Haiti struggles to recover.

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[News & Event] Bill and Melinda Gates Pledge $10 Billion in Call for Decade of Vaccines

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, January 2010

Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they will commit $10 billion over the next 10 years to help research, develop, and deliver vaccines to developing countries. They cite PATH's Rotavirus Vaccine Program and the New England Journal of Medicine research as examples of encouraging progress that inspired them to commit more resources to this endeavor. Though this level of funding for vaccines is unprecedented, funding from donors is still crucial.

[News & Event] UNICEF and WHO issue report on dangers of diarrhoea

United Nations Radio, October 2009

"It's a tragedy that diarrhoea, which is little more than an inconvenience in the developed world, kills an estimated 1.5 million children each year says UNICEF Executive Director, Ann Veneman. She says inexpensive and effective treatments for diarrhoea exist, but in developing countries only 39 per cent of children with the disease receive the recommended treatment."

[News & Event] UNICEF and WHO Launch Strategy to Prevent and Treat Diarrhea -- the Second Biggest Killer of Children

Collection Development Blog, October 2009

This article outlines the findings of the new UNICEF/WHO report, Diarrhoea: Why Children Are Still Dying and What Can Be Done, including the seven-point prevention and treatment strategy. Several effective, low cost interventions show that no child should die from diarrhea and that now is the time to implement this strategy.

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[News & Event] Diarrhoea: Why Children Are Still Dying and What Can Be Done

UNICEF, October 2009

This press release on the UNICEF website gives an overview of the recently launched report by WHO and UNICEF, Diarrhoeal Why Children Are Still Dying and What Can Be Done. It outlines the topics covered in the report, including promising treatments, an emphasis on prevention, rotavirus vaccine, and the need to expand access.

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