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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Infant girl receives oral rehydration solution (ORS) at a clinic in Cambodia.
Nov 23, 2020
Existing tools - WASH, vaccines, and ORS+zinc - can help prevent and treat diarrhea infections with no need for antibiotics.
Nov 16, 2020
Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) were some of the original building blocks of primary healthcare.
Mother holds infant daughter while receiving rotavirus vaccine
Nov 12, 2020
Children living in communities that already bear a disproportionate burden of pneumonia and diarrheal disease must now also content with the impacts
Infant Vusi Jeri receives oral rotavirus vaccine in Zambia
Oct 29, 2020
In a study from Zambia, poor nutrition appears to protect children from rotavirus infection. It's a mystery that begs for more research.
Mother with Kit Yamoyo
Oct 28, 2020
New resource provides a how-to guide for accelerating country uptake of WHO's recommended childhood diarrhea treatment.
Scientist fills assay plate with sample
Oct 21, 2020
A new laboratory diagnostic tool can help identify environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) in children.
Boy washes his hands at a health clinic in Zambia. PATH/Gareth Bentley
Oct 13, 2020
In the time of COVID, the future is in our hands. Literally.
Smiling woman surrounded by orange pink and blue paintbrush strokes
Oct 07, 2020
A healthier generation tomorrow depends on raising strong girls today.
A health worker sits at a desk in a clinic in Zambia. PATH/David Jacobs
Sep 29, 2020
When children fall ill with diarrheal disease, the hospital bills can add up—and the indirect costs, too.
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.


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