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


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.


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Empty toilet paper roll and empty toilet dotted outline
Sep 22, 2020
The tools to shield children from the worst of COVID-19’s indirect effects are tried-and-true tools of child health.
Baby receiving ORS
Sep 10, 2020
Interrupted access to pneumonia and diarrhea medicines could account for almost half of the additional deaths during COVID-19, according to recent
Girls pump water from a well
Sep 03, 2020
Good data and advocacy are key to driving WASH interventions, investments, and evidence-based decision-making.
Baby in Malawi wears a bib while eating food
Aug 26, 2020
Food hygiene and safety is a critical cross-section of WASH and nutrition.
Refrigerator holding ROTARIX rotavirus vaccine in Ghana
Aug 19, 2020
PATH’s new Rotavirus Vaccine Cost Calculator helps countries estimate the cost of vaccination programs based on factors such as product presentation
Close-up of Bangladeshi boy with a shy smile
Aug 14, 2020
Lessons from tackling diarrheal disease can also help us recover from COVID-19 stronger than ever.
The author holds her newborn son, Miles, in the NICU
Jul 30, 2020
Breastfeeding requires many layers of support. For some babies, that includes donor milk.
Clinician opens a packet of oral rehydration solution (ORS)
Jul 27, 2020
Access to oral rehydration solution (ORS) has improved over the years, but much work remains.
Closeup on woman's hands covered in soap. Photo: UNICEF
Jul 20, 2020
The Hand Hygiene for All Global Initiative, led by WHO and UNICEF, aims to ensure lasting infrastructure and hygiene behavior.
IV fluid drip in a hospital
Jul 15, 2020
Addressing disparities in access to prevention and treatment for diarrheal disease among Black children in the United States deserves special
Jul 10, 2020
We need sustainable WASH solutions that can continue to function once funding is gone.
A mother holds her child in Kurawarakura, Ghana. PATH/Evelyn Hockstein
Jul 08, 2020
Ghana is proactively switching to ROTAVAC, a new rotavirus vaccine, due to its lower price and smaller cold chain space.
Baby is weighed on a scale at Kuje Primary Health Care Center in Kuje, Nigeria.
Jun 24, 2020
As Nigeria plans to introduce rotavirus vaccination, inequities in vaccination coverage and burden of disease are projected to result in an
Male laboratory worker using a microscope to look at a sample on a slide. PATH/Eric Becker
Jun 16, 2020
Early studies suggest SARS-CoV-2 may be transmitted through the fecal-oral route.
A boy sips ORS
Jun 10, 2020
Co-packaged ORS and zinc is a necessary tool for reaching global child survival targets.


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We’re calling on sanitation and UHC advocates to join forces at the global, national, and local level. Our message is that health for all is impossible without sanitation for all. We need a universal…

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