The Global crisis

For children in poor communities, diarrhea remains a major cause of death and can lead to long-term consequences.

The Solutions

Simple and proven tools can prevent and treat diarrhea, and integrating them achieves the greatest impact.

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We can save more than half a million children’s lives from diarrheal disease each year – and protect them against the long-term harm of repeated infections – with simple, inexpensive solutions that are available today. Vaccines, ORS and zinc, WASH, breastfeeding, and innovative research work best when they work together. We need greater investments in these solutions and in integrated policies to ensure holistic protection against diarrheal disease.

The Blog

Sep 20, 2023
Rotavirus vaccines are safe, effective, and reaching more children than ever before. But rotavirus still tops the list of pathogens responsible for
Aug 23, 2023
Rotavirus remains a common cause of severe diarrhea in young children in Indonesia. In a strong step forward for child health, the country introduced
Aug 01, 2023
Establishing supportive environments that enable women to balance their professional responsibilities and breastfeeding journey is essential.
Jul 25, 2023
Ever heard of the saying, "Small things can make a big difference?" Take the humble packet of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS), for example: a simple yet
Jul 13, 2023
Local clinics are the heart of rural community health. But where can a patient turn when health care facilities, or HCFs, are unable to provide one
A young boy washes his hands at a handwashing station.
Jul 01, 2023
There's more to handwashing with soap than meets the eye.
Jun 29, 2023
Families collect water in a displacement camp outside Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they were forced to flee after a volcanic
Speaker panel on stage
Jun 08, 2023
At the 2nd Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia, leaders renewed commitments to accelerate progress in child survival. Photo: Every Breath Counts.
Man holding a set of oral vaccine vials
Apr 25, 2023
Health supervisor Joseph Muhisi holding oral cholera vaccine outside a displacement camp in Nyiragongo outside the city of Goma, Democratic Republic
A boy is taking a bath in the Mohammadpur slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Mar 23, 2023
A boy is taking a bath in the Mohammadpur slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. ​​​Photo: Maksudur Rahman
Young Indian girl stands amongst other seated children
Mar 13, 2023
Photo: PATH.  Rotavirus has the potential to impact every child in every country, rich or poor, regardless of access to safe water and sanitation.
Clinician administers oral rotavirus vaccine to Kenyan child being held by their mother
Mar 10, 2023
  Annet Onyamasi administers an oral rotavirus vaccine to a child at the Khwisero Health Clinic in Kenya.​​​ Photo: PATH.  The world has quickly
Woman Washing Hands
Mar 08, 2023
The climate crisis is a health crisis, and one of its manifestations is its disruptive impact on safe drinking water and sanitation. Weather extremes
Four mothers holding their children
Mar 07, 2023
In 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved for global use vaccines against rotavirus, the most lethal cause of severe childhood diarrhea.

Diarrhea kills half a million children each year. Awareness is the first step to action.

Where health care is hard to reach, vaccines are the best protection against severe diarrhea.

Access to ORS and zinc could prevent more than half of diarrhea deaths.

We can save more lives from diarrhea by combining all available tools.