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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Man holding a set of oral vaccine vials
Apr 25, 2023
Health supervisor Joseph Muhisi holding oral cholera vaccine outside a displacement camp in Nyiragongo outside the city of Goma, Democratic Republic
A boy is taking a bath in the Mohammadpur slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Mar 23, 2023
A boy is taking a bath in the Mohammadpur slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. ​​​Photo: Maksudur Rahman
Young Indian girl stands amongst other seated children
Mar 13, 2023
Photo: PATH.  Rotavirus has the potential to impact every child in every country, rich or poor, regardless of access to safe water and sanitation.
Clinician administers oral rotavirus vaccine to Kenyan child being held by their mother
Mar 10, 2023
  Annet Onyamasi administers an oral rotavirus vaccine to a child at the Khwisero Health Clinic in Kenya.​​​ Photo: PATH.  The world has quickly
Woman Washing Hands
Mar 08, 2023
The climate crisis is a health crisis, and one of its manifestations is its disruptive impact on safe drinking water and sanitation. Weather extremes
Four mothers holding their children
Mar 07, 2023
In 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved for global use vaccines against rotavirus, the most lethal cause of severe childhood diarrhea.
Dr. Qadri
Feb 08, 2023
"My intention is to inspire women to the best of my ability."
Hannah posing with Poo Guru and DefeatDD's toilet
Feb 03, 2023
There’s nothing like new staff to help bring fresh perspectives to our issues.
Three vaccine vials in an ice box
Jan 18, 2023
Findings from a new series of studies could hold broad implications for developing vaccines against enteric pathogens.
Signs of Poo Guru wisdom
Dec 13, 2022
“No diarrhea; more smiles.” “The answers are in the poop.” This and more poo-etic wisdom from our the VASE Conference attendees graced the open
Health worker with mask holds a vaccine syringe
Nov 23, 2022
Vaccines, nutrition, and WASH reduce antibiotic overuse.
Poo Guru cast of characters
Nov 16, 2022
Meet Poo Guru! She is flush with facts about toilets, sanitation, and their vital role in global health. This World Toilet Day, as we celebrate all
Nov 10, 2022
The Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea outlines an integrated approach to simultaneously tackle these
Map of zero dose children target and how trends fall short
Nov 03, 2022
An example of the kind of charts available through the Immunization Agenda 2030 scorecard, this image conveys how global trends fall short of zero-


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