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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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.
Nov 16, 2020
Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) were some of the original building blocks of primary healthcare.
Mother holds infant daughter while receiving rotavirus vaccine
Nov 12, 2020
Children living in communities that already bear a disproportionate burden of pneumonia and diarrheal disease must now also content with the impacts
Infant Vusi Jeri receives oral rotavirus vaccine in Zambia
Oct 29, 2020
In a study from Zambia, poor nutrition appears to protect children from rotavirus infection. It's a mystery that begs for more research.
Mother with Kit Yamoyo
Oct 28, 2020
New resource provides a how-to guide for accelerating country uptake of WHO's recommended childhood diarrhea treatment.
Scientist fills assay plate with sample
Oct 21, 2020
A new laboratory diagnostic tool can help identify environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) in children.
Boy washes his hands at a health clinic in Zambia. PATH/Gareth Bentley
Oct 13, 2020
In the time of COVID, the future is in our hands. Literally.


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We’re calling on sanitation and UHC advocates to join forces at the global, national, and local level. Our message is that health for all is impossible without sanitation for all. We need a universal…

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.