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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The Blog

Jun 12, 2019
Statistical models help us see the “forest through the trees” and detect important patterns.
May 30, 2019
Estimates can be a powerful way to find the stories behind the numbers.
May 22, 2019
Ensuring safe water, sanitation, and hygiene in health care facilities is key to preventing infections and the spread of drug resistance.
May 16, 2019
Virus-like particles of rotavirus could help advance a new generation of broadly protective rotavirus vaccines.
May 08, 2019
Diverse, and sometimes unusual, data sources are a strength of IHME's Global Burden of Disease.
May 03, 2019
In Zambia, a nurse washes her hands before showing a mother how to prepare oral rehydration solution. Photo: PATH/Gareth Bentley.  
May 01, 2019
Save the Children India's Stop Diarrhoea Initiative reduced diarrhoea incidence by more than half.
Mother holds her infant daughter after receiving routine vaccines.
Apr 23, 2019
Mothers go above and beyond to care for their children. When a child falls ill with diarrhea, mothers are usually the first line of treatment—
Apr 18, 2019
Zinc picks up where oral rehydration solution leaves off.
Apr 16, 2019
Given that Shigella vaccines are still in clinical development, it’s a great time to pose some of these big picture questions.
Apr 11, 2019
We find meaning in data the way we find meaning in our lives: by looking for patterns. Take the example of rotavirus vaccines.
Apr 09, 2019
Knowing localized areas of highest risk can enable more focused efforts to defeat diarrheal disease.
Apr 03, 2019
Cholera is a major health burden in low- and middle-income countries. Globally, an estimated 1.3 billion people are at risk. South Asia constitutes
Mar 27, 2019
How a group of women helped change the face of their rural village in India.
Mar 20, 2019
As in 2018, 2019 has seen its share of disheartening headlines of conflict cascading to children and families, who bear the brunt of the burden and


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Special Features
We have a winning team of solutions to defeat diarrheal disease. But tenacious obstacles to access have a field advantage — to the detriment of the children who need these tools the most. In 2019,…

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


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.