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

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
Mar 13, 2019
Parents often worry about diarrhea treatment costs and are largely unaware about the benefits of zinc.
Mar 06, 2019
Zambia's experience and evidence for the impact of co-packaged ORS and zinc can inform other country policies.
Palestinian infant receives ROTAVAC as part of routine immunization.
Feb 27, 2019
What’s better than one rotavirus vaccine? Four rotavirus vaccines.
Feb 19, 2019
Everyone deserves to live a long life in full health. That may not seem like such a radical thing to say, but in many ways, it is helping to spark a
Feb 14, 2019
Immunological analysis may help boost rotavirus vaccine performance to prevent diarrhea in vulnerable children.
Feb 05, 2019
We're backing a new petition to improve access to ORS and zinc.
Jan 31, 2019
If more mothers like Rashmi donate breastmilk, it would help defeat diarrheal disease.
Jan 22, 2019
Over the past 20 years, child deaths in Mongolia have plummeted. Socioeconomic development and child health interventions are working to save lives.


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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.