Prevent COVID-19's cascading impacts: lessons from DefeatDD

For more than a decade, you’ve worked alongside us to call for a focus on children at the highest risk of deadly infections like diarrheal disease -- as well as pneumonia and other health threats. Thanks to focused attention and commitment, we’ve seen amazing progress in child health and survival.

Today, gains in child health face a new threat. 

COVID-19’s indirect impacts—such as disrupted immunizations and supply chains, overwhelmed health systems, and worsening economies—threaten to unravel global progress in child health. New modeling data highlight just how much is at stake if we don’t double down on the tools that we know save lives and livelihoods, like vaccines, hygiene, essential medicines, and nutrition.

Child deaths from COVID disruptions

The successes of preceding decades can be our guide. If we strategically invest in high-burden settings with high-impact tools, we can safely carry children and their families through COVID-19.  

We could even turn the pandemic into a catalyst for swift and successful action against the systemic failures that trap communities in a cycle of poor health and poverty.

No child should die from diarrhea because of COVID-19. No child should die from diarrhea, ever.

Use these resources to help us set policymaker priorities.

Protecting the supply of diarrhea interventions

Protecting the supply of diarrhea interventions

Poor health, poverty, and impossible choices

Poor health, poverty, and impossible choices

Access to soap, water, and sanitation

Access to soap, water, and sanitation

Vaccines and immunization systems: a backbone of primary health care

Vaccines and immunization systems: a backbone of primary health care

Targeting investments where needs are greatest

Targeting investments where needs are greatest

Partner activations

Partner activations