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Feb 07, 2018
Dr. Mark Manary, one of the world’s foremost experts in childhood malnutrition, screens children in Chikweo, Malawi. Photo: Carol Lin.   With 155 million stunted children in the world, progress against the complex condition is not coming fast
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Dec 26, 2017
Our Toilet Talks campaign was not a blog per se, but it was a major 2017 moment. Check out our new case study summarizing the highlights.   Perhaps you can sense the collective exhale as global health sector news slows for the holiday season. As
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Sep 22, 2017
Hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean. Floods in South Asia and Yemen. Mudslides in Sierra Leone. The natural disasters of the past month have held many captive: literal captives of flooded houses, cars, roads, and airports. Others have
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Sep 05, 2017
Many families are forced to make the impossible choice between treatment and family finances when their children fall ill with diarrheal disease.   Diarrheal disease isn’t just a medical problem—it’s an economic one, too. We’ve heard from
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Sep 05, 2017
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Jul 09, 2017
Earlier this year, the DefeatDD team journeyed to India to gather stories about the burden of diarrheal disease and the continued need for integrated approaches to prevent the vicious cycle of malnutrition, poverty, and poor health.   While the
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Apr 23, 2017
Vaccines against rotavirus, the leading cause of severe diarrhea in children, are dramatically reducing diarrhea hospitalizations in countries where they’ve been introduced. Image: PATH.   Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective, lifesaving
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Young girl stands near water pump. PATH/Will Boase
Mar 22, 2017
We at DefeatDD stand in awe of the power of water. Without water, there would be no life. We drink it, we grow and cook our food with it, we wash our hands, bodies, and clothes with it, we flush our waste away with it, we use it for recreation and
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Dec 28, 2016
If we have one gripe about social media, it’s that great content slips by too quickly. So please join us for one more look back over the year’s reader favorites before we say goodbye to 2016.   5. DefeatDD's new infographic on gut damage makes
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Sep 06, 2016
Rotavirus is one of the diarrhea villains in our animated superhero epic, and if we were to follow in the footsteps of other action movie franchises to produce a prequel, Ruth Bishop would be our star.   A steadfast scientist with a deep desire
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Aug 29, 2016
Say sayonara to Star Trek because this summer's biggest blockbuster isn't playing at your local theater. The most compelling drama comes to you right here, as superheroes and villains face off in the fight to defeat diarrheal disease!   That sight
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Jul 26, 2016
Shigella, a deadly bacterial infection that causes diarrhea, may not be a household name, but it quickly became one for the Maier family when Jackie (bottom right in the above photo) became severely ill at nine years old, right around the time this
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Mar 28, 2016
On March 26, 2016, India joined the growing number of countries that have introduced rotavirus vaccine into their national immunization programs. The Indian Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr. JP Nadda, launched the rotavirus vaccine through
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Mar 18, 2016
World Water Day revelers all over the globe are going #Blue4Water to bring attention to the many stresses on the world's water resources and to underscore how greater investments in water and sanitation will help achieve nearly all of the
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Mar 08, 2016
Children need a nutritious diet to grow healthy and strong. If children don't get key nutrients during these critical early years, the impact can be far-reaching.   Malnutrition and diarrheal disease feed off each other in a relentless loop to
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Jul 28, 2015
Since 1990, nearly 100 million children around the world have been saved due to global efforts to reduce child mortality, and maternal deaths have been cut nearly in half. The US government has played a large role in this great success story. Yet
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Aug 27, 2014
Each year, on October 15, over two hundred million people gather together in countries around the world and celebrate Global Handwashing Day. This international day of advocacy and action shines a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each
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Jun 19, 2014
  Mothers wait to vaccinate their babies at the Kpele-Eleme Health Centre in Togo.     My cousin Mada, who lives in Atakpamé, Togo (about 160 km from the capital Lomé), tragically lost her son Dissirama to severe diarrhea. After the baby fell
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Nov 18, 2013
  Today, November 19, is World Toilet Day. But unless you only plan on using the toilet once a year, we think it makes sense to celebrate this unsung hero every day.   That's why today, without further a-doo, we launch our long-awaited 2014
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Apr 11, 2013
This week, we celebrate integration. Though it is intrinsically at the heart of what we and our partners do in addressing myriad global health challenges through thoughtful, efficient strategies, today integration is particularly at the fore. For
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Mar 07, 2013
  The brilliant scientists of PATH's Enteric Vaccine Initiative (EVI) conduct clinical trials for vaccine candidates against bacterial forms of diarrheal disease. Next month, they will launch a trial for a Shigella vaccine in Bangladesh.   EVI
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Jan 02, 2013
  2012. What a year for child health: the US government renews its promise for child health, the MDG for safe drinking water is met ahead of schedule, and several countries (the Philippines, Yemen,  Malawi , Ghana, and Tanzania) introduce vaccines
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Dec 14, 2012
  It was an idea years in the making. It was sparked by a newspaper article in the 1980s, buried deep within the news pages, stating that 1 in 5 children die of diarrhea. Though originally shocked by the statistic, Simon and Jane Berry, co-founders
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Sep 25, 2012
Dennis Malambo is Kabulanga Branch Manager for Lusaka Water and Sewerage. Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka, is growing rapidly and it is not slowing down. The country’s population is projected to increase exponentially by the end of the century – the
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Jul 05, 2012
  Infectious disease isn't the only thing that can go viral these days. Facebook posts and tweets can, too, which makes social media pretty powerful stuff.   At defeatDD, we spend a lot of time thinking about how we can harness the potential of
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Dec 22, 2011
  A new year begins in just a few days! But before we plunge ahead into 2012, we'd like to take a look back at the most popular blogs of 2011, determined by you, our readers.   5. Celebrate Global Handwashing Day with a free poster: Because what
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Nov 16, 2011
  Jeremy Chambers models Clean the World's prize for poo-etic brilliance.     How does it feel to be a Poo Haiku champion? We already know that our winners have a way with words, so we'll let them do the talking.   Matt Gomez, Clean the World
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Nov 09, 2011
  The best meeting for us at defeatDD last week? Our poo haiku judging session, of course!   We gathered around a table with our marked-up lists of over 100 poo haikus: an impressive total (30 was our original target number) with even more
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Oct 31, 2011
  PATH's Vaccine Development program improves the health of people, especially infants and children living in low-income countries, by accelerating development of vaccines that will be effective and affordable in the countries that most urgently
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Oct 26, 2011
  We asked, and you delivered - 100 times over! From silly to somber, your poo haikus have made us laugh and made us think, and we love it when the two go together.   For us, your entries are funny, yet powerful, reminders of the different worlds
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Oct 06, 2011
We can't contain it - we are having so much fun! If you're wondering why, get on over to our Poo Haiku page, check out the particulars, and join the conversation! Silly or somber, all entries are encouraged. We launched the contest on Monday, and
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Sep 01, 2011
  Rivann and I are on way to Baray Health Center in Kampong Thom province to observe and speak with health center staff and Village Health Support Group (VHSG) members. We'll learn from them the effects of childhood pneumonia and diarrheal disease
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Jul 06, 2011
Reposted with the permission of GAVI Alliance Two and a half year-old Abdul lay inert on his mother's lap when we arrived at the Gondama Community Health Centre, a tiny rural clinic in southern Sierra Leone. Abdul's mother, Aisha Kamara, had just
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Jun 30, 2011
  Having worked in global health for almost 10 years and travelled widely in Africa and Asia during this time, I've become well-acquainted with the occasional bout of “travelers' diarrhea.” What I never expected was to recently return from India
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Jun 29, 2011
Moment of truth: staff at PATH's booth draw the names of the lucky contest winners. For years, I used to say that I never win anything in random drawings, so why should I even try to participate?  With persistence and optimistic encouragement of my
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Apr 27, 2011
Local farmer and ecotourism guide, Pablito Vergel, drinks from a mountain stream in Colombia. Last week, I spent Earth Day the same way I do every year: thinking about water. That famous “Blue Marble” picture of Earth from space taken back in 1972
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Apr 06, 2011
In this photo, Shawn Shafner, founder of The POOP Project, meditates about cultural healing on a Zurn toilet at the 2010 American Society of Plumbing Engineers Conference in Philadelphia, PA. My sister Shannon was an expert. By the time I started
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Mar 22, 2011
  What to do on World Water Day - this year there were lots of great opportunities from the World Walks for Water to joining in the social media campaign. We decided to pull together a dialogue on how the WASH, health, and nutrition communities can
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Mar 08, 2011
  Women in Uttar Pradesh, India, receiving pump maintenance training from WaterAid's local partner Gramonati Sansthan. Photo credit: WaterAid / Marco Betti   While I've been working on international women's rights for years, I am new to looking
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Jan 06, 2011
Southern Sudan holds a referendum on independence this Sunday, and the major media are filled with all manner of speculation about the outcome and its effects. Will the vote be peaceful or violent? What is the prognosis for a new government in this
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Dec 22, 2010
Some would argue that the faces that motivated President George W. Bush's unparalleled investment in AIDS prevention, treatment, and care were the faces of children. They were the faces of millions of children orphaned by AIDS, and their stories
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Dec 17, 2010
Diarrheal disease treatment and prevention are on the wish list all year around for families and communities in developing countries, so a number of charities and philanthropies are making it possible for gift givers to donate directly or in the
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Dec 15, 2010
To me, a sustainable sanitation service, in very general terms is one where everybody can get access to a toilet and toilet services -- of their choice -- forever.  A lofty goal, for sure, but one that sets in motion very different types of
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Nov 22, 2010
Bread for the World Institute has just released its 2011 Hunger Report, Our Common Interest: Ending Hunger and Malnutrition. The report is available in print and online for free at www.hungerreport.org. This is the 21st edition of the Institute's
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Nov 02, 2010
Sometimes, our work in global health seems to happen in an "echo chamber," where information, ideas, or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by transmission inside an "enclosed" space. Among the scientists and public health experts committed to
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Oct 29, 2010
A few days ago, Kenya beat India to set a new record for the “Most people washing their hands at the same time.” Over 19,000 children and adults washed their hands at a primary school on the outskirts of Nairobi. This record, which was previously
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Oct 25, 2010
What started as a humanitarian mission by Clean the World may turn out to be an emergency operation for Haiti. As the Clean the World team trekked across Haiti delivering nearly two tons of soaps for people in need, news of a cholera outbreak in
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Aug 06, 2010
Check out new blogs posted today by our partners at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the ONE Campaign. New blogs posted today by our partners at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the ONE Campaign offer insight on the dramatic
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Aug 03, 2010
It is hardly a month since the football frenzy ended, vuvuzelas were stored away, and South Africa could proudly say it was the first African nation to host the World Cup. South Africa boasts other firsts. It is the first African nation to host an
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Jul 23, 2010
In a hot, dry town in Ghana called Navrongo, a group of mothers gathered one day last year at a health clinic. The mothers - about 30 of them - had traveled on foot and by bicycle, carrying their young children, to meet with the doctors and health
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Jun 08, 2010
At the highest levels, the US Government is taking a close look at what brings the greatest return on its investment in foreign aid.  We agree with the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) that the best investment is a health investment.
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Apr 06, 2010
Ever tried to talk about diarrhea at a cocktail party? Probably not, but if you have, you might reasonably fear this scenario: From the first mention of the word, your current conversation circle begins to disperse - friends slink or dash away,
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Mar 12, 2010
One woman’s stand against diarrheal disease Women rarely hold office in Kenya. Florence Weke-sa is an exception. Currently deputy mayor of Kimilili, Florence is the first woman to hold the position and was the only female councilor on the Kimilili
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