Top 5 blogs of 2012

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, YemenMalawi , Ghana, and Tanzania) introduce vaccines against rotavirus, the most lethal form of severe diarrhea.


It was great year in blogs, too. We wanted to know what got you jazzed in 2012. Here are the top 5 posts of the year, as decided by you, our readers.

5. An Awareness Issue: Erin Williams, Program Assistant at PATH, will never forget the differences between Ghana and her home state of Washington, especially with regard to sanitation.

4. Cambodia: From Policy to Practice: A national policy on pneumonia and diarrheal disease reinvigorates local programs and streamlines a coordinated approach to save lives from the leading killers of children.

3. Adventures in Diarrhea (I know, I know): Last March, our own Janie Hayes left PATH to embark on a new adventure, but not before recounting her journey from seeing diarrhea as an icky word to “a reason to get out of bed in the morning (and not just to run to the toilet).”

2. Maximizing the Use and Impact of Rotavirus Vaccines: More than 450,000 children die from rotavirus each year. The good news: a special supplement of the journal Vaccine projects that rotavirus vaccines will save 2.4 million lives by 2030.

1. India's Breakthrough on Polio Required Tackling Diarrhea: India kicked off 2012 with the announcement that the country had been polio free for a year. Did you know that controlling diarrheal disease was crucial to this success story?


Reflecting on last year's progress is just the motivation we need to kick diarrhea's butt in 2013. Thanks for a great year, and thanks for joining the movement!