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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The Blog

Oct 16, 2019
Vaccines to prevent ETEC and Shigella hold dramatic potential.
Oct 14, 2019
Universal health coverage can’t live up to its name if it doesn’t include WASH.
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Oct 10, 2019
A promising new type of rotavirus vaccine that is injected, rather than orally administered, is being evaluated in Zambia.
Oct 02, 2019
How will water-stressed areas of India adapt to prevent disease?
Sep 19, 2019
If the World Health Organization is a coach, the list of Essential Medicines includes its Most Valuable Players.
A young boy washes his hands at a handwashing station.
Aug 28, 2019
There's more to handwashing with soap than meets the eye.
Aug 01, 2019
An enabling environment on many levels is critical to the success of a woman’s breastfeeding journey.
A baby in Rwanda receives rotavirus vaccine at the launch in 2012. Photo: Merck
Jul 31, 2019
Africa has been leading the world on vaccination against rotavirus, a leading cause of severe diarrhea in young children.
Jul 24, 2019
The currency of our trade is data, not miracles. Lifesaving oral rehydration solution (ORS) blurs these lines.
Jul 19, 2019
WHO's new guidance to countries will boost ORS + zinc uptake
Jul 09, 2019
You won’t find it in the sports pages, but the World Health Organization (WHO) just made a game-changing decision in the field of diarrheal disease
Jun 27, 2019
WASH should include sustainable gender-based interventions.
Woman stands at a river carrying a water jug
Jun 19, 2019
Of all the dangers refugees face, preventable diseases like typhoid and diarrhea shouldn't be one.
Jun 12, 2019
Statistical models help us see the “forest through the trees” and detect important patterns.
May 30, 2019
Estimates can be a powerful way to find the stories behind the numbers.


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** UPDATE: In July 2019, the World Health Organization set the global norm to deploy a simple, powerful game-changer: the ORS + zinc co-pack. Help us spread the word! ** Now, we need to encourage…

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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.