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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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.
Rotavirus under a microscope
Mar 16, 2021
Research shows that rotavirus vaccines provide broad protection against rotavirus variants.
Teresa holds her son Vusi as he receives rotavirus vaccine
Mar 04, 2021
After her first son almost died of rotavirus, Teresa equipped herself with the knowledge and tools to ensure her second son would be protected.
Photograph collage of children
Feb 23, 2021
Kids say the darnedest - and most inspiring - things.
Dr. Rubhana Raqib with science graphics
Feb 10, 2021
Dr. Rubhana Raqib, one of a record number of women inducted into the World Academy of Science, share how she became a scientist and what advice she
Mother in Vietnam helps children wash hands
Feb 01, 2021
We're taking health and WASH sector collaboration to the next level.
Dr. Alaullah Shiekh in the Fleckenstein lab at Washington University in St. Louis
Jan 21, 2021
Photo: Dr. Alaullah Shiekh, a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. James Fleckenstein’s lab at Washington University in St. Louis, is hard at work
Cryptosporidium description
Jan 11, 2021
Although Cryptosporidium is now identified as one of the leading causes of diarrheal disease among young children, this is a fairly recent
Infant receives ROTAVAC in India. Monica Tiwari/IVAC
Dec 22, 2020
Even in this crazy year, we managed to make some progress against the deadliest form of childhood diarrhea.
Palestinian Ministry of Health case log book
Dec 16, 2020
Conducting an economic evaluation of a switch from ROTARIX to ROTAVAC allowed the Palestinian Ministry of Health to validate the payoff of its
Mother holds smiling child at an ORS clinic in Cambodia.
Dec 09, 2020
When one child dies of diarrhea, it reflects a collective failure. We can no longer go back to the status quo; we need universal health coverage now.
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.


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