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 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.
Two health workers with vaccines walking toward a boat
Jun 03, 2020
We must not lose sight of the more than 100 prequalified vaccines that exist already against infectious diseases.
Janie Hayes on a bike on a long stretch of road
May 28, 2020
An additional 43,000 children around the world per month could die due to undernutrition during COVID-19 restrictions.
Indonesia and Peru diarrhea burden graphic
May 14, 2020
New IHME estimate show that countries such as Indonesia and Peru, pictured above, still experience substantial geographic disparities in diarrhea
May 05, 2020
There is one factor that all these illnesses have in common.
Apr 23, 2020
In 2006, rotavirus vaccine became the first-ever vaccine introduced in a low-income country and a wealthy country in the same year.
Apr 21, 2020
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