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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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
Maybe you’ve found yourself wondering: What exactly does WHO do?
Apr 16, 2020
The idea of advocacy for child health was new, and not necessarily welcomed.
Apr 13, 2020
In our response to COVID-19, we can't lose sight of the other deadly infections.
Mar 26, 2020
It occurred to me that it might have something to do with dignity.
Mar 20, 2020
We can’t address diarrhea, climate change, or COVID-19 without water.


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