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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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.
Flow chart showing how infections lead to malnutrition
Jun 17, 2021
Repeated gut infections can have long-term impacts on a child's development. A modeling study sheds light on how these infections cause damage.
Two pairs of white shoes on the floor behind a double line of red paint
Jun 02, 2021
Stabilizing chlorine supply could reduce hospital-acquired infections, which affect an estimated 15.5% of patients in low- and middle-income
Mother holds daughter at vaccination day event at Gulu Independent Hospital, Uganda
May 25, 2021
Across Uganda, the months of April and October arrive with a special focus on improving child health. Those two months are designated by the Ministry
Alfred Ochola leads a group across a river.
May 18, 2021
Our late colleague Alfred Ochola saved children's lives, inspired a new generation, and left a lasting impact on all who knew him.
Nurse in Zambia administers ROTAVAC to an infant as part of PATH and CIDRZ clinical study
May 12, 2021
PATH study finds ROTAVAC 5D works just as well as ROTAVAC to generate immune protection from rotavirus in Zambian infants.
Nurse at Gulu Independent Hospital, Uganda, speaks to women and children at a vaccination event
May 05, 2021
Midwife Esther Alamia believes integrating antenatal services with routine immunization can help reach more mothers.
Child in Delhi, India, looking up at community handwashing education
Apr 22, 2021
Young people are taking the lead on climate, and it’s time for adults to follow.
Researcher in Zambia looks into microscope
Apr 13, 2021
Rotavirus remains a leading cause of diarrheal disease in children, particularly in Africa and Asia. The globally available live, oral rotavirus
Catherine holds her son Immanuel
Apr 07, 2021
When Catherine named her son after a famous Zambian soccer star, she signified her high hopes for his future.
Health worker educates a community member in a health clinic in Bil Dumuria, Bangladesh
Mar 31, 2021
By providing timely zinc and ORS treatment and education about WASH, a health worker changed mindsets to transform a community in Bangladesh.
Tariah Adams portrait
Mar 19, 2021
The demands of women and girls are basic. But in many of the remote communities in Nigeria, availability of water is a luxury.


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


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.