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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Group of smiling children
Dec 11, 2019
The next Vaccines against Shigella and ETEC Conference will be held September 29 to October 1, 2020, in Washington, DC!
Children in Cameroon. PATH/Claire Suni
Dec 04, 2019
Over one million fewer children died from diarrhea in 2017 compared to 1990, but a new study reveals this decrease was not uniform for all children
Nov 27, 2019
Initial findings look promising for AKDN's Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative.
Young boy at a hospital in Bangladesh
Nov 21, 2019
A study in Bangladesh assessed safety and immune response of an ETEC vaccine candidate in young children, with promising results for both the vaccine
Nov 18, 2019
Toilets close the lid on the pathogenic parade.
A baby in India receives ROTAVAC rotavirus vaccine.
Nov 06, 2019
With two new prequalified vaccines in the last two years, the rotavirus vaccine landscape has changed a lot—but one thing remains constant. Rotavirus
Infant receives ROTASIIL at the rotavirus vaccine launch event in Kinshasa, DRC, October 30, 2019.
Oct 31, 2019
DRC is the first Gavi-supported country in Africa to introduce ROTASIIL®, a newly available heat-stable rotavirus vaccine made in India.
Oct 23, 2019
New studies show fortified rice improves schoolchildren's performance.
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.
Photo of blog authors
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.


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Childhood diarrhea deaths have decreased, but children are still getting sick and infections are a major problem. Children who survive an episode but are faced with repeated infections are more…

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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.