THE SOLUTIONS

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

THE SOLUTIONS

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

Boy in Kenya gathers water from a well
Oct 13, 2021
Climate change makes efforts to increase access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene more urgent than ever.
Laboratory technician in Kenya looks in a microscope
Oct 06, 2021
The VASE Virtual Symposium featured updates on disease burden and vaccines against ETEC, Shigella, Cryptosporidium, and Salmonella.
Two bottles of Vitamin A supplements sitting on a counter
Sep 30, 2021
Vitamin A is a key player in diarrhea prevention and treatment - and in child health overall.
A latrine in Ecuador floods after a storm
Sep 21, 2021
Photo: A latrine in Ecuador floods after heavy rains, causing sewage to seep into groundwater. Credit: Karen Levy  
Infant in Gaza receives ROTAVAC from healthcare worker while mother looks on
Sep 15, 2021
Rotavirus, the leading cause of severe childhood diarrheal illness and deaths, represented a significant public health burden in Palestine prior to
Aug 30, 2021
Experts share insights on the links between climate change, sanitation, and diseases like diarrhea - and how to adapt WASH to meet climate challenges
A CHW cares for a sick child next to her mother. BRAC Uganda
Aug 24, 2021
ORS and zinc are among the most cost-effective child health interventions available. Simple changes in distribution methods could help ensure that
In which MICs would rotavirus vaccines have the greatest benefit?
Aug 18, 2021
Middle-income countries ineligible for Gavi support have lagged in introducing rotavirus vaccines. Low-cost vaccines offer a cost-effective option
Participants view posters at VASE 2018
Aug 09, 2021
As everyone knows, the world has changed considerably in the last 18 months. In March 2020, we were busy getting ready for our third biennial
A mother breastfeeds her infant while the father prepares food in the background
Aug 03, 2021
Pandemic disruptions in access to support have caused global breastfeeding rates to fall. More support is urgently needed to protect babies.
Boxing gloves labeled ORS and zinc with co-pack ingredients in between them
Jul 29, 2021
Only 7% of children who need diarrhea treatment get ORS and zinc. The co-pack could help.
Jul 19, 2021
On Friday, July 16, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its first updated rotavirus vaccine position paper since 2013. WHO’s position
Woman holds a cup to feed her infant child
Jun 29, 2021
As the world brings their attention to advancing women’s rights with the Generation Equality Forum this week in Paris, let’s remember how vital a
Graphic with text: Women can't raise healthy children alone
Jun 25, 2021
Meet three inspiring women working to strengthen women's and children's health, well-being, and education.
Text: When women rise, CO2 levels fall
Jun 23, 2021
When women are in leadership, families, communities, and the planet benefit.

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

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

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

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

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