THE SOLUTIONS

Simple and proven tools can prevent and treat diarrhea, and integrating them achieves the greatest impact. 

THE SOLUTIONS

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 Blog

Bifidobacterium image
Dec 16, 2021
Beneficial bacteria in an infant's gut - fed by breast milk - are key to helping fight infections such as diarrhea.
Waiting room at a health clinic in Kenya
Dec 09, 2021
Primary health care includes basic child health tools like immunization, oral rehydration solution, and health education for parents.
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Nov 19, 2021
DefeatDD joins the Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Alliance's podcast to discuss sanitation with Pipe Dreams author Chelsea Wald.
Nov 17, 2021
The 2021 Pneumonia & Diarrhea Progress Report highlights how countries have fallen behind in routine vaccinations during the pandemic.
Baby in Kenya receives oral rotavirus vaccine
Nov 15, 2021
Pandemic disruptions pose an unprecedented challenge on rotavirus vaccination efforts in Africa, but countries are still making progress.
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Nov 10, 2021
Note from DefeatDD: Our current sanitation systems are insufficient for the challenges of the future. The supposed “gold standard” of sewered
Annet Onyamasi (left) administers an oral rotavirus vaccine to an infant in Khwisero, Kenya. PATH/Anthony Karumba
Nov 04, 2021
The Rotavirus Organization of Technical Allies (ROTA) celebrates rotavirus vaccine access champions in Africa.
Healthcare worker fills a syringe for injection
Oct 27, 2021
New rotavirus vaccine approaches such as injectable next-generation rotavirus vaccines (iNGRVs) may address barriers to rotavirus vaccine uptake and
Hadija and her granddaughter
Oct 26, 2021
Hadija, an entrepreneur, mother, and grandmother of four (pictured above), has lived in Kenya’s capital Nairobi for over 30 years. She loves the
Boy in Kenya gathers water from a well
Oct 13, 2021
Climate change makes efforts to increase access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene more urgent than ever.
Laboratory technician in Kenya looks in a microscope
Oct 06, 2021
The VASE Virtual Symposium featured updates on disease burden and vaccines against ETEC, Shigella, Cryptosporidium, and Salmonella.
Two bottles of Vitamin A supplements sitting on a counter
Sep 30, 2021
Vitamin A is a key player in diarrhea prevention and treatment - and in child health overall.
A latrine in Ecuador floods after a storm
Sep 21, 2021
Photo: A latrine in Ecuador floods after heavy rains, causing sewage to seep into groundwater. Credit: Karen Levy  
Infant in Gaza receives ROTAVAC from healthcare worker while mother looks on
Sep 15, 2021
Rotavirus, the leading cause of severe childhood diarrheal illness and deaths, represented a significant public health burden in Palestine prior to
Aug 30, 2021
Experts share insights on the links between climate change, sanitation, and diseases like diarrhea - and how to adapt WASH to meet climate challenges

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Diarrhea kills half a million children each year. Awareness is the first step to action.

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

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Access to ORS and zinc could prevent more than half of diarrhea deaths.

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We can save more lives from diarrhea by combining all available tools.

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