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Nov 29, 2018
The 2018 Global Nutrition Report shares insights into the current state of global nutrition and echoes many messages that are critical to addressing diarrheal disease, such as more equitable access to solutions on a subnational level and the need
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Nov 28, 2018
Medical staff prepping for surgery with limited resources in Kilembe, Uganda. Photo: PATH/Tom de Blasis.  Mar 21, 2018
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A group of children holds a ball. Photo: PATH/Teresa Guillien
Nov 19, 2018
In the game of cricket and in most sports, the all-star players are the ones who are best at teamwork. I was the captain of the cricket team at my high school, and I played cricket all the way through medical school. I was the wicket keeper who
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Oct 10, 2018
Blog originally posted on Crowd 360.   If you’re reading this post, chances are you have grown up with the familiar injunction to wash our hands, especially before eating. But here’s something you may not know: clean hands are a recipe for health
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Sep 12, 2018
Diarrhea: The good, the bad, and what you can do to help address this global crisis. Read the full message map. 
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Sep 10, 2018
Between 2005-2015, child deaths from diarrhea plummeted by 30%. But we now know that the long-term consequences of multiple diarrhea episodes are severe. It isn’t fair that children be saved, just to lose out on a happy, healthy life.    We’ll
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Sep 10, 2018
In 2008 I started a job at PATH to promote a childhood vaccine against a nasty infection called “rotavirus.” I had never heard of rotavirus but immediately learned that it’s a major killer – responsible for more child deaths around the world than
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The 13th International Rotavirus Symposium brought together 280 rotavirus experts in Minsk, Belarus from 29-31 August, 2018.
Sep 07, 2018
Vaccines against rotavirus, the leading cause of severe and fatal diarrhea in young children worldwide, are a stunning global public health success story. Their development, evaluation, and introduction and scale-up in many low-income countries
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Aug 22, 2018
Diarrhea. It is often the stuff of comedy, a dreaded first date woe, or an uncomfortable inconvenience after indulging in too much guac.   Beyond the silly and the squeamish, though, there’s a more important story to be told: diarrheal disease is
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Jul 25, 2018
When a child has diarrhea, parents and other caregivers find themselves asking a lot of questions. Should I take care of my child Jul 17, 2013
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Jul 12, 2018
“Cryptosporidium is a leading cause of severe diarrheal disease in children under the age of five.”   Sep 16, 2016 DefeatDD
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Jun 29, 2018
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe and fatal childhood diarrhea around the world. ROTAVAC®, a new low-cost rotavirus vaccine, was developed through an innovative and multisectoral global partnership.
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Jun 20, 2018
From left to right: Laura Kallen, PATH; Roma Chilengi, CIDRZ; Hope Randall, PATH. See more photo booth images here.   Is advocacy my job?   That question was asked by presenter Dr. Roma Chilengi from the Centre for Infectious Disease Research,
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Jun 06, 2018
The inaugural 2016 VASE Conference saw the debut of the vaccine superhero; a new DefeatDD photo booth will make an appearance next week.    Jun 01
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May 30, 2018
If you have blood type A, you may be more at risk of diarrhea from enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC). This finding was just published in a human challenge model study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation—and it has potentially widespread
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May 25, 2018
Launched at the 71st World Health Assembly, the Nurturing Care Framework provides an evidence-based roadmap for action and outlines how early childhood development (ECD) policies and services can support parents, families, other caregivers and
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May 23, 2018
Do you know who enjoys a good conversation about poop?  Preschoolers. As they learn to use the toilet, flush, and wash their hands, talking about poop seems to become a topic for any time of day. It may just be my preschooler, but he’s obsessed. He
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May 16, 2018
This report from UNICEF shares new analysis on breastfeeding practices around the world and sets out key recommendations for governments, the private sector, civil society and communities in low-, middle- and high-income countries to increase
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May 04, 2018
    Our event partner, NJI Media, filled the technicolor toilet-shaped void in our hearts that we didn’t know we had.   Silliness and substance: these are our twin priorities at DefeatDD. Breaking the poo taboo requires some creative
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May 02, 2018
We've made tremendous progress against diarrheal disease, a leading killer of children around the world, but far too many children struggle with the long-term health consequences of repeated infections. So what can you do? Join the movement to raise
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Apr 17, 2018
“An infant was brought in to me with signs of severe pneumonia. The baby was admitted and fortunately recovered. However, later we discovered that the baby had not had any pneumococcal vaccinations. Pneumococcal vaccines are key to pneumonia
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Apr 12, 2018
Australian virologist Professor Ruth Bishop, left, discovered rotavirus in 1973. Photo source: Murdoch Children's Research Institute website.   When I started working in rotavirus vaccine development and delivery at PATH five years ago, the
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Mar 21, 2018
As part of Save the Children's integrated Stop Diarrhoea Initiative in New Delhi, India, mothers learn about important diarrhea prevention and treatment methods to keep children healthy, including the importance of safe, water, sanitation, and
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Mar 20, 2018
Diarrhea is...  What would you add? 
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Handwashing at a pump. Credit: USAID
Feb 28, 2018
Handwashing with soap is an amazing tool to defeat diarrheal diseases, reduce newborn and child mortality, and much more. Hygiene advocacy helps to build the right enabling environment to make this life-saving behavior accessible to all. To support
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Feb 12, 2018
Diarrhea is a time thief. Even after recovery, diarrhea's resulting malnutrition can have a last impact. Let's give children the healthy lives they deserve.    Read the study commentary and the blog for more information about the data in this
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Feb 12, 2018
A new study in The Lancet Global Health, published alongside this commentary that puts the data into broader context, is the first to quantify diarrhea morbidity,  illuminating the underappreciated long-term consequences children face even after
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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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Jan 09, 2018
Nearly two years ago, I announced PATH’s first international Vaccines Against Shigella and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) Conference (more commonly known as the VASE Conference), and I blogged about our high hopes and exciting plans for the
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Dec 20, 2017
You know what makes for a really memorable holiday?   Viral diarrhea.   This year, a few days before my family was due to arrive at my parents’ house for Thanksgiving, my mom came down with a very mild case of stomach flu. She recovered within a
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Nov 22, 2017
Did you know? Diarrheal disease is one type of enteric illness—the name for any disease caused by an intestinal infection. All enteric pathogens enter the body through the mouth, usually via contaminated food, water, or hands. Diarrheal diseases
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Nov 19, 2017
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Nov 19, 2017
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Nov 19, 2017
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Nov 19, 2017
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Nov 19, 2017
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Nov 19, 2017
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Nov 16, 2017
Our team has made so many good friends this year at Sesame Workshop India, both of the human and Muppet variety. We celebrated World Water Day with Chamki and Googly, and now we’re gearing up for World Toilet Day with Raya, who is just as passionate
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Nov 15, 2017
We need your help to make a stink about diarrheal disease and the solutions to defeat it: Create and share a Toilet Talk! It's like a one-minute TED Talk in a bathroom, and you can share it on social media using the hashtag #DefeatDD. Check our our
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Nov 10, 2017
If pneumonia and diarrhea—the two biggest infectious killers of children worldwide—were personified as serial killers, I imagine that they would look very different. Pneumonia might be tall and spindly, with long, wispy fingers. Diarrhea, on the
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Nov 09, 2017
Childhood diarrhea deaths have decreased, but children are still getting sick and infections are a major problem. Children who survive an episode but are faced with repeated infections are more likely to suffer from lifelong cognitive and physical
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Nov 01, 2017
In April 2009 (can’t believe it was eight years ago!), my first task as a newly minted member of PATH’s Poo Crew was to help finalize and launch our team’s first-ever state of the field report on diarrhea: Diarrheal Disease: Solutions to Defeat a
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Oct 22, 2017
Campaign overview   We need your help to make a stink about diarrheal disease and the importance of safe sanitation and other solutions to defeat it.   For most of us, diarrhea comes and goes in the comfort of a bathroom with a reliable toilet.
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Oct 12, 2017
This post also appears on the Global Handwashing Day website.   I’m always impressed by the tireless dedication of community health volunteers, but I have to admit that Babli is my favorite I’ve met so far. She was just so… cool. I imagined myself
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Oct 10, 2017
We know how to prevent deaths and long-term suffering from diarrheal disease. 
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Oct 10, 2017
Handwashing can prevent nearly half of diarrhea cases. Educating mothers on the six steps of handwashing can have enormous impact.
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Oct 10, 2017
Did you know that repeated gut infections like diarrhea can lead to malnutrition? We need integrated approaches to defeat diarrheal disease.  Learn more by exploring our infographic.
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Oct 10, 2017
Diarrhea is dangerous because of dehydration. ORS and zinc are recommended as the cornerstone diarrhea treatment by the World Health Organization.
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Oct 09, 2017
Nicole Maier, clinical trial coordinator for PATH’s enteric vaccine portfolio, said she got choked up while watching our latest video for the first time. Why? I sat down with her to hear more about her personal take on the video.     Talk to
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Oct 09, 2017
Rotavirus vaccines are saving lives and reducing hospital costs, showing us what's possible. Now PATH, icddr,b, and other partners have set their sights on vaccines against other leading diarrheal pathogens like ETEC and Shigella.
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Oct 04, 2017
As many of you know, here at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are passionate about child health.  We have been encouraged by progress that has been achieved in recent decades: since 1990, the percentage of children who die before age five
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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
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Aug 30, 2017
Originally posted on the 1000 Days website.   In the leadup to World Water Week, WaterAid, SHARE (Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity) and Action Against Hunger launched a new report, “The recipe for success,” in which they discuss
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Aug 24, 2017
This report from Action Against Hunger, SHARE, and WaterAid highlights why WASH is essential for nutrition, and how this integration could be strengthened, through an analysis of nutrition and WASH plans and policies in ten countries. It also
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Jul 27, 2017
It's Boombah's birthday, but he has fallen sick with diarrhea. What's a muppet to do? ORS to the rescue!   Special thanks to Sesame Workshop and Gall Galli Sim Sim! http://www.galligallisimsim.com/
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Jun 29, 2017
Six years ago, I traveled through rural Western Kenya to gather stories about Alfred Ochola’s one-man mission to restore oral rehydration therapy (ORT) corners in local hospitals. Though I was there to listen and observe, Alfred handed me a hot
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Jun 23, 2017
PATH developed these messages for use by anyone interested in communicating the impact of diarrhea on the health and development of children and families around the world. This is also a guide to communicating the value of rotavirus vaccines within
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Jun 08, 2017
The Global Burden of Disease, a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and published in the The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, shows that while deaths due to diarrhea have reduced substantially, the incidence of the
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Jun 07, 2017
This post originally appeared on the PATH Drug Development blog.   The problem: One-time illness or lifelong impairment?   When a child experiences a single episode of diarrhea, they typically feel uncomfortable for a short period of time, but
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May 01, 2017
The US Government's Call to Action for Child Survival, launched in 2012, initiated an annual Acting on the Call report that documented the US government contributions to child health around the world. The 2017 report outlines what is possible if we
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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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Illustrated image of Cryptosporidium parasite
Mar 20, 2017
This post originally appeared on the PATH Drug Development blog.    Cryptosporidium harms children—we need research and development to stop it.   A lot of ugly things in nature are relatively harmless (Exhibit A: the star-nosed mole)—but
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Mar 02, 2017
Welcome to the brand spanking new DefeatDD.org! It’s the same crew, same priorities, and (mostly) the same content – just with an updated look, feel, and organization.   As the DefeatDD team took on this website redesign, friends and colleagues
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Jan 12, 2017
Just prior to starting at PATH, Fred went kayak camping for several days on the New River (one of the nation’s oldest rivers, which flows north), starting in western North Carolina and ending up in Virginia.   I’ll admit that I was predisposed to
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Dec 12, 2016
For non-technical viewers, data often lacks accessibility. But when data is broken down and refined through visualization, it can become a compelling storyteller and tool in evidence-based decision-making.   DefeatDD recently launched a data
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Dec 07, 2016
"The sun never sets on the Enterobax Empire." Illustration by Ishir Sharma, age 13.    It was quite a productive week for me at last month's ASTMH Annual Meeting. I met several interesting researchers, attended symposia about the promise of ETEC
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Nov 01, 2016
In this report, IVAC identifies the 15 countries with the greatest number of deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea among children under the age of five in a given year. IVAC then uses a scoring method based on the Global Action Plan for the Prevention
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Oct 04, 2016
The 2016 Lancet Early Childhood Development Series highlights the importance of multisectoral approaches, especially within the first few years of a child's life, to ensure that she reaches her full developmental potential. Topics include the
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Oct 01, 2016
  Poo Haiku has a special legacy as DefeatDD’s first social media campaign and is undoubtedly a fan favorite. Whimsical, informative, and an open forum for all sectors to raise their voice, it is the epitome of what our team considers a successful
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Oct 01, 2016
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Sep 28, 2016
In our latest video, our intervention superheroes win a village battle against four of the six top diarrhea pathogens. Together.   It's a word you hear from us fairly often: Together, our voices raise the volume of a global conversation to defeat
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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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Aug 17, 2016
Sweltering summer heat is in full swing here in Washington, DC, and many of us are seeking relief at the neighborhood pool. This year, with a baby to introduce to the pool, it's been a whole new experience. No longer can I throw a towel into the bag
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Jul 06, 2016
Last month, PATH bid a fond farewell to an irreplaceable colleague—one who just so happened to be the architect of the integrated approach that DefeatDD champions today. Evan Simpson is an optimistic advocate, a consummate collaborator—and an
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Jun 21, 2016
This graphic appears in USAID's 2016 Acting on the Call Report. “This is the story of my life, and it begins the same as everyone else's,” says the narrator of “To Keep a Promise.” It's sweeping and intimate all at once, because it tells the human
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Jun 13, 2016
A first photo of my hours-old niece, who joined the world in April 2013.    “Aunt Hopey, stand UP!” commands my three-year-old niece from atop her parents' bed, pulling me up into her imaginary kingdom (with surprising force, I might add!) and
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Jun 05, 2016
The U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID's) 2014 Acting on the Call Report formulated country-specific plans for working with partners in 24 priority countries to save the lives of mothers and children. The follow-up 2015 Acting on the
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May 24, 2016
A proud new mother in India cradles her newborn. Photo credit: Richard Franco.   Baby Whitney arrived fourteen weeks early in 1980. Her mother Lisa Kidd traded visions of first snuggles in a newly minted home nursery to long days and nights at the
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May 09, 2016
Childhood diarrhea is far too common in developing countries. When children do survive, families often face repeated illnesses and a heavy financial burden.
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May 05, 2016
Emily and Samyuktha at their last Broken Toilets face-to-face meeting in Hong Kong, 2015. As development practitioners we constantly ask ourselves if we're sharing the “right” stories about the work we've seen and done. Global development projects
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Apr 20, 2016
Climate change poses both threats and opportunities for the future of human sanitation, nutrition, and diarrheal disease. Photo: PATH/Patrick McKern.   Here at DefeatDD, we love our home planet. We love its mountains, trees, oceans, rivers,
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Apr 15, 2016
RotaFlash, April 2016Data from a new journal supplement reveal the widespread impact of rotavirus vaccines in preventing death and disease from rotavirus diarrhea in low-income countries around the world, while also highlighting the need for
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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 15, 2016
An infant being immunized at a child welfare clinic at the Elmina Urban Health Center in the Central Region of Ghana. Photo by: UNICEF. This post originally appeared on Devex. This month, hundreds of thousands of children will get access to
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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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Feb 03, 2016
Let's be honest.  As someone who has worked in child health for many years, I have a particular passion for diarrhea.  One of the leading killers of children, but so very preventable and treatable, diarrhea is often on the top of my mind.  It doesn'
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Jan 07, 2016
I know of at least two toilet museums (a toilet shaped one in South Korea and Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in India). It would be great if, like many museums, they were just documenting the history of a problem that was solved long ago. 
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Dec 21, 2015
EurekAlert!, December 2015New research by the University of Virginia and icddr,b suggests that food alone is not a solution to malnutrition: new approaches must target gut damage due to infectious disease.Read the full article 
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Dec 09, 2015
How are we going to save the 550,000 children who still die of diarrhea each year? It's a daunting question. While vaccines against the leading cause of severe childhood diarrhea are key to prevention, treatment should also remain an important focus
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Dec 07, 2015
Project Syndicate, December 2015A new report from the International Vaccine Access Center shows that nearly three-quarters of the deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea occur in just 15 countries and in the poorest communities. While we've made progress
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Nov 19, 2015
Oh, the places he goes! At DefeatDD, we know that poo can be perilous. But when safe sanitation is assured, clean water is accessible, and handwashing is routine, poo is a healthy fact of life.   DefeatDD and our partners sent our very own
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Nov 17, 2015
This photo is the November feature for DefeatDD's 2015 toilet calendar. See how we "go" around the world. Photo credit: Marco Betti/WaterAid. Sandwiched between World Pneumonia Day (November 12) and World Toilet Day (November 19) is this funny week
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Nov 12, 2015
Together, pneumonia and diarrhea kill more children under the age of five each year than any other infectious disease. Luckily, a number of prevention and treatment solutions (like vaccine delivery systems, handwashing/sanitation, antibiotics, and
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Nov 04, 2015
Originally posted on Global Health TV.    I'm grateful to Chelsea Clinton for her admission that she is “obsessed with diarrhea,” and her total lack of embarrassment in bringing it up repeatedly. In an interview with Fast Company, it was the first
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Oct 23, 2015
The New York Times, October 2015"What if there were a remedy that could save more children's lives in the developing world than are claimed by malaria and AIDS combined? . . . The miracle substance already exists. It's breast milk."Read the full
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Oct 12, 2015
Official movie poster (copyright 20th Century Fox), with a few creative tweaks by Laura Edison.   With the recent NASA discovery of water on Mars, combined with the release of my new favorite movie, The Martian, Mars has been on my mind a lot
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#ohtheplaces
Oct 01, 2015
We believe the best social media campaigns are resourceful and creative with content, using it to stimulate discussion beyond the interwebs. After two successful Poo Haiku campaigns, we asked ourselves how DefeatDD could make this leap from digital
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Sep 01, 2015
In June 2012, the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States of America convened the Child Survival Call to Action in Washington, D.C. This high-level forum brought together over 700 representatives from government, civil society and the
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Aug 27, 2015
USAID, August 2015The 2015 Acting on the Call: ending preventable child and maternal deaths report reveals that USAID's maternal and child survival efforts have resulted in nearly 2.5 million more children surviving and 200,000 maternal deaths
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Aug 12, 2015
Suited up and ready to run. Shortly after the Mile 2 marker, doubt started to creep in. Mile 2 might sound easy enough, but let's clarify one important detail straight off: I am not a runner. Given the choice, I will gladly walk, thank you very
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Aug 10, 2015
The New York Times, August 2015The Global Enteric Multicenter Study revealed that bacterial forms of diarrhea are more common than we realized. But updating the World Health Organization's diarrhea guidelines may not make sense, because of a current
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Aug 07, 2015
Knowing all of the health benefits of breastfeeding, there was no question that I wanted to breastfeed my son. I was lucky. He was born healthy and full term; and while we had our challenges initiating breastfeeding, we had all of the advantages of
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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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Jul 22, 2015
Photo credit: FreeImages.com/monique72 Hey, book lovers! As a follow up to our summer movie list, I thought I would develop my own list for the bookworms among us—an alternative summer reading list of books ranging from whimsical, to informative,
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Jul 15, 2015
It started with more than 500 global health innovations submitted by people in more than 50 countries. Filtered through more than 60 independent health experts and a rating scale measuring factors like affordability, accessibility, and
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Jul 07, 2015
Pop your poop-corn! It's summer blockbuster season. Getting into the spirit, here's my list of five must-see films that drive home the importance of diarrheal disease (DD) control. Whether funny or tragic, these flicks make our job at DefeatDD a
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Jul 01, 2015
The New York Times, July 2015A new report from WHO/UNICEF warns that while access to clean drinking water has shown considerable improvement, and that the number of children dying from diarrhea have decreased, global progress on sanitation lags
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Jun 18, 2015
Update: This story has a happy ending. On Tuesday, June 23rd, the author did go back, and her son got his last dose of the rotavirus vaccine. Today is my son's six-month birthday, and my husband and I took him in for his six-month pediatric
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Jun 10, 2015
Forbes, June 2015"Within six years of the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine, hospitalizations for the diarrheal illness had dropped by 94% and hospitalizations for the overall gastrointestinal illnesses were cut in half. Those are the findings
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Jun 09, 2015
This is a step-by-step guide for those who are working to improve immunisation systems and access to vaccines, particularly in resource-poor settings. It aims to help you to find ideas, resources and guidance to advocate for strengthened commitment
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May 27, 2015
For the purpose of our DefeatDD Initiative - which is, of course, to defeat diarrheal disease - we focus interventions that support child health through the age of five. As such, we don't talk about menstrual hygiene a lot, but that doesn't mean we'
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May 14, 2015
It's definitely not the most popular meal-time topic, but guests of PATH's annual Breakfast for Global Health graciously heard me out last week as I discussed diarrhea—the burden, gaps, interventions, and PATH's part in defeating it. Some nodded
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Apr 20, 2015
The Huffington Post, April 2015As part of the blog series "WASH and the MDGs: The Ripple Effect," the DefeatDD team weighs in on why WASH is foundational to child health.Read the full article
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Apr 16, 2015
Me in December 1991, just a few weeks before getting sick. This post is part of the #ProtectingKids blog series. Read the whole series here. There was once a healthy little girl who, just a few months before her second birthday, started to feel
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Apr 08, 2015
The Huffington Post, April 2015Comedian Ron James is lending his voice to the movement to achieve universal access to water, sanitation, and hygiene by 2030 because "toilets and poop are funny, while open defecation and diarrheal diseases are not."
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Mar 19, 2015
In March 2014, advocates raised their glasses in a virtual toast to celebrate the lifesaving impact of safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Then in December 2015, members of Congress clinked their glasses in return through the
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Mar 17, 2015
The Guardian, March 2015 Drawing on data from 54 countries, nearly 40% of health clinics lack access to water, according to a new report by UNICEF and WHO.Read the full article 
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Feb 27, 2015
DefeatDD is a team of movie buffs. So you can imagine our excitement when we saw this photo of our pal Thorsten Kiefer of WASH United with Patricia Arquette… holding our Places We Go toilet calendar! We think the diarrhea crisis is big news, but it'
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Feb 19, 2015
Jordan hanging out with her newest source of inspiration for her work in WASH: her third niece. Over the last few years with my four nieces and nephews, I have become intimately familiar with breastfeeding, poopy diapers, introductions to solid
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Feb 09, 2015
RotaFlash, February 2015New data from Malawi, one of the first Gavi-eligible countries in Africa to introduce rotavirus vaccines, show significant reductions in rotavirus-related hospitalizations. Additionally, Tajikistan and Argentina have added
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Feb 03, 2015
A full circle moment: My son receives his rotavirus vaccine.   With the measles outbreak dominating the US vaccine-related news (and jeopardizing a trip my two-month old baby and I planned to take to visit family in southern California), I wanted
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Jan 30, 2015
For most people, the new year means a bit of champagne, a reason to celebrate, and resolutions about personal changes.  For Bill and Melinda Gates, the new year brings their annual letter and thoughts about global issues, world progress, and changes
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Jan 09, 2015
Wired, January 2015From sewer sludge to clean water to Bill Gates himself, all within five minutes, the innovative Omniprocessor could revolutionize sanitation in low income countries.Read the full article
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Dec 19, 2014
The Washington Post, December 2014"In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million
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Dec 19, 2014
Gates Notes, December 20142014 was a turbulent year, but a lot of good things happened, too. When Bill Gates reflects on the best stories of the past year, progress in child survival is a strong theme. Rotavirus vaccines also get special attention.
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Dec 17, 2014
This is one of my favorite photos: the joy and playfulness of these children is a great reminder of why we do what we do! Photo credit: PATH.   In our last post, Deb talked about the exciting yet intimidating early days of the DefeatDD initiative
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Dec 15, 2014
The author's own newborn. “Umm… now what do we do?”   Someone in my family is brand new. As this blog posts, I'm freshly arrived in Atlanta to lend an extra set of hands to my sister, her husband, and their newborn daughter. As I prepared to
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Dec 11, 2014
I joined the poo crew five short months ago, and I should have known immediately that these ladies love to talk about poop! My first clue should have been the picture of urinals on the calendar that hung in my cube. Instead, I thought to myself, “
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Dec 04, 2014
I wish I could remember what the five-year old me told my parents I wanted to be when I grew up. I am pretty sure I didn't say I wanted a job about diarrhea. And yet… I've heard many celebrities say they have the greatest job in the world - acting
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Nov 12, 2014
As we mark the sixth annual World Pneumonia Day this month, you might be wondering why you should continue to care. You may have heard that pneumonia vaccines have been rolling out all over the world, even to many of the world's poorest countries.
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Nov 11, 2014
Devex, November 2014This article explains why, in the words of UNICEF's Hayalnesh Tarekegn, "integrated initiatives are the way forward in public health." It will not only save lives from pneumonia and diarrhea, but from chronic diseases as well.
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Nov 11, 2014
Making human milk banking a priority in South Africa (2015) 306 KB PDF Strengthening Human Milk Banking: A Global Implementation Framework (2013) 1.3 MB PDF Foneastra Milk Pasteurization Monitor: Building Capacity of Small-Scale Human Milk Banks (
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Nov 06, 2014
UN News Centre, November 2014According to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, speaking at the World Water Summit, conflict, climate change, and urbanization all pose threats to already-scarce water resources worldwide. Water management, improved
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Oct 15, 2014
“Shh” is a very important sound in my toddler's ever-expanding lexicon. The dominant - or, at the very least, the most fun - sound in many of her attempts at communication, “shh” can mean fish, shoe, brush. It can tell Mommy to please stop reading
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Oct 10, 2014
The Huffington Post, October 2014It is an exciting time for groups who have spent years trying to break the taboo around poo, says WaterAid CEO Sarina Prabasi: "If we've seen anything over the course of the last months, it's that world leaders, 
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Oct 01, 2014
“Hello? Are we together?” That's the first sentence of our new story series, “Together against diarrhea.” We borrowed it from our colleague, Alfred. Whenever Alfred breaks from a moving story or a passionate argument with this affable refrain, it's
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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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Aug 06, 2014
RotaFlash, August 2014PATH convened a group of experts  in Washington, DC, for the “Rotavirus Vaccination & Intussusception Workshop: Science, Surveillance & Safety.” A report detailing outcomes from the workshop will provide an overview of
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Aug 06, 2014
BBC Health, August 2014Oral rehydration solution (ORS) is potentially the most important medical advance of the 20th century. This article tells the story of Dr. Hirschhorn, the man behind its beginnings.Read the full article
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Aug 01, 2014
Step-step, pause… step-step… plop (down on her bum)! And just like that, my little one is walking.  Completely unaware of the monumental shift she's created in our lives, my daughter happily crawls toward the kitchen to play with Tupperware lids. I
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Jul 16, 2014
Why is it that many children in the developed world don't get sick from drinking water? Is there something in the water? Or is it actually what's not in the water? In the poorest regions of the world, children don't have access to safe drinking
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Jun 30, 2014
In two short weeks, my daughter will turn one year old. Looking back at her newborn photos, I wonder how this year went by so quickly. How could that wrinkly creature who could scarcely open her eyes or control her little limbs now be this
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Jun 26, 2014
Voice of America, June 2014At the second anniversary of USAID's Child Survival Call to Action, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced a repositioning of investments and partnerships to save an additional 500,000 child lives between now and the end
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Jun 18, 2014
  A few months ago, PATH's Drug Development blog provided an overview of the drug discovery and development process. What is very clear is that, while drug discovery is a very difficult and risky business, the potential benefit for millions of
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Jun 02, 2014
If there was a way to save half a million children's lives every year, wouldn't you join that movement?   Get looped in to the global movement to defeat diarrheal disease.
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May 28, 2014
  May 28th is Menstrual Hygiene Day! Though my excitement has occasionally been met with raised eyebrows and puzzled expressions, I couldn't be more thrilled for the global attention to this crucial yet neglected issue.   You see, like diarrhea,
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May 21, 2014
  If you move in global health circles, you may have had the good fortune to meet soccer star (and ONE Campaign Global Health Policy Director) Erin Hohlfelder. In her recent blog, she reflects on how access to lifesaving immunizations gave her the
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May 15, 2014
  You might think that coming home from abroad after attending a conference on the leading cause of bacterial pneumonia only to find your grandmother severely ill with bacterial pneumonia sounds too ironic to be true. But that's what precisely
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May 01, 2014
This policy outlines the US government approach to address the direct and indirect drivers of mlanutrition, including water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Read the full report. 
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Apr 02, 2014
  In February, the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing hosted a Handwashing Behavior Change Think Tank. This event gathered handwashing experts from the public and private sectors to take stock of the best, identify the gaps, and
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Mar 26, 2014
  One of my brothers recently asked me, “What was the happiest day of your life?” My response:  “The days your sons were born!” My happiness was directly linked to boys' safe delivery and arrival in this world. I adore my nephews - now one and
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Mar 19, 2014
  Think about all the ways you used water in your daily routine this morning. You probably showered, brushed your teeth, used the toilet, washed your hands, all before making a cup of coffee with water whose safety you assumed without question. It
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Feb 12, 2014
Sadly, this disco throne from WaterAid in America's 2010 World Toilet Day festivities was not available at the bathroom emporium. You've heard of shopping, of course.  Clothes shopping, grocery shopping, even furniture shopping.  But how many of
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Jan 30, 2014
  The State of the Union (otherwise known as the “SOTU” to political wonks like myself) is a big deal inside the Beltway, where people either flock to bars like it's Super Bowl Sunday or hold watch parties with bingo cards filled with policy
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Jan 29, 2014
  Last year, I had somewhere in the ballpark of fifteen colds (and that's a conservative estimate). Just to plan ahead, I'm penciling into my 2014 calendar several colds over the next few months. You see, my son is in daycare. Need I say more?  
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Jan 24, 2014
RotaFlash, January 2014Special supplement to the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal describes the critical role of monitoring disease burden and vaccine impact in Africa and worldwide.Read the full article
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Jan 22, 2014
USAID released a comprehensive Nutrition Strategy on their website for public comment on December 20, 2013. The design of a USAID nutrition strategy recognizes the essential role that nutrition plays in individuals' and countries' development and is
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Jan 08, 2014
  Vaccination is a public health heavyweight—and essential in any successful strategy to knock out deadly childhood diseases. Today we present some of the prize-fighters in that effort: our very own Vaccine Development colleagues.   When the team
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Jan 02, 2014
The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD), a 2013 global plan from UNICEF and WHO, represents the first-ever simultaneous effort to protect children from pneumonia and diarrhoea, the two
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Jan 02, 2014
  Insufficient supply and high prices are major factors that can delay the availability of lifesaving vaccines in low-income countries—sometimes for decades following their adoption by wealthy countries. Shortening these timelines and improving
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Dec 16, 2013
  Hazel loved the taste of her rotavirus vaccine     As a founding member of the Poo Crew, I've always been pretty confident that I know my sh-t. For eight years now, I've been helping to craft messages about the threat of diarrheal disease, and
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Dec 12, 2013
  Dr. Lou Bourgeois, scientific officer for enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) at PATH's Enteric Vaccine Initiative, recently attended the biennial Vaccines for Enteric Diseases (VED) conference (held November 6-8, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand).
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Dec 04, 2013
  As Co-Chair of the All Party Group for Child Health and Vaccine Preventable Diseases, I have been extremely fortunate to visit a number public health programmes in the developing world. With each visit I have been privileged to meet with some of
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Nov 18, 2013
Celebrate the toilet every day of the year! Download and print your own copy of “Oh, the places we go: Public health’s humble hero,” hang it proudly in your cube (or bathroom), and share with friends!We recommend printing the calendar on 11x17 paper
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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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Nov 12, 2013
Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia, November 2013The Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia calls for continued investment in innovations, proven tools, and an integrated approach to simultaneously tackle diarrhea, as outlined in the Global
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Nov 11, 2013
  Ask your average American about the biggest health challenges for children in poor countries, and you may hear a range of things. Two words you are not likely to hear are “pneumonia” and “diarrhea.” That is because many don't know that pneumonia
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Nov 07, 2013
I took my son to the doctor recently. In one office, during one visit, he had a physical check-up, vision and hearing exams, and he received counseling on nutrition, and several vaccines. While to many parents around this world, this is unremarkable
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Oct 10, 2013
  There's a story that haunts me in child health.  It's the story of the child who successfully fights an episode of malaria one year because she got the right medicine at the right time but the following year, after a severe episode of pneumonia,
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Sep 25, 2013
An early submission from World Bank/Water and Sanitation Program: Toni Sittoni.   I won't lie to you. When I told our graphic designer about our idea, he was skeptical (maybe even a little freaked out). A calendar of toilets?! I'll admit, it's
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Sep 13, 2013
UNICEF, September 2013UNICEF has released the second report in the A Promise Renewed series, which tracks global progress on preventing child mortality. Some of the poorest countries have made the most progress, but there is still more to be done if
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Sep 11, 2013
  One of the job perks at PATH is working with lots of smart people all relentlessly tackling a health and scientific challenge. Our vaccine development program is one such team of scientists, doctors, and other experts focused on accelerating
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Sep 05, 2013
  Recently, my husband and I did a rare thing and attended a major league baseball game. We made ourselves comfortable in the outfield bleachers just fair of the foul pole, ready for a few lazy hours in the sun rooting on the Seattle Mariners. 
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Sep 05, 2013
Huffington Post, September 2013As World Water Week 2013 is underway in Stockholm, Jan Eliasson, UN deputy secretary-general, calls for more conversation about overlooked, taboo topics like open defecation.Read the full article
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Aug 30, 2013
GlobalPost, August 2013In the largest study of diarrheal disease to date, researchers found that four pathogens are responsible for the majority of life-threatening diarrhea cases in developing countries. The second most common? The largely ignored
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Aug 28, 2013
Reuters Health, August 2013In an illustration of "herd immunity" at work, a new study shows that fewer older children and adults were hospitalized for severe diarrhea once the U.S. started vaccinating babies against rotavirus in 2006.Read the full
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Jul 31, 2013
Originally posted on Impatient Optimists. Over the course of my career I've spent over thirty years working in various developing countries trying to better understand and fight infectious diseases. One of the things that alarmed me most was that
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Jul 26, 2013
United Nations News Centre, July 2013The United Nations has adopted a Sanitation for All resolution and officially recognized November 19th as World Toilet Day.Read the full press release
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Jul 24, 2013
  You are a new parent. Your infant daughter is nine weeks old today. She has just begun to coo, and she smiles in recognition when you greet her each morning.   Your little one is a healthy eater, hungry and eager. The antibodies in her mother's
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Jul 10, 2013
  Because unsafe water supplies and sanitation account for most life-threatening diseases among children in developing countries, the provision of safe water and improved hygiene is a central focus of global health projects. And in addition to
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Jun 26, 2013
  Few initiatives in public health have changed the lives of children and families around the world as much as immunization programs. These simple interventions prevented as many as 3 million deaths in 2011 alone.  And the successes continue.  Each
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Jun 19, 2013
Reposted from USAID's Impact Blog It's been a year since the United States joined UNICEF and the governments of Ethiopia and India in a bold pledge to end preventable child deaths within a generation. Last week marked the first anniversary of the
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Jun 14, 2013
RotaFlash, June 2013Three recent scientific studies from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrate the powerful and real-world effectiveness of rotavirus vaccination in the US, the benefits of which extend beyond the health of
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Jun 12, 2013
  On June 8, Prime Minister David Cameron hosted a Hunger Summit, Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science, to highlight the issue of hunger and undernutrition ahead of the G8 Summit in Belfast. The summit brought together
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Jun 03, 2013
  From Mukuyu Basic Middle School in Mazabuka, Zambia, to Boston University in Massachusetts, United States, all teachers want to see their students thrive -- and use their knowledge to make the world a better place.     Every year, at this time
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May 29, 2013
  There are a number of seemingly insurmountable development challenges, but child survival — particularly combating diarrheal diseases — is not one of them.   The Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS), published in The Lancet last week,
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May 14, 2013
Washington Post, May 2013A three-year, multi-country study designed to give researchers and public health officials a clearer picture of diarrheal disease burden found rotavirus to be the most common cause, followed by Cryptosporidium, Escherichia
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May 02, 2013
Huffington Post, April 2013David Winder, Chief Executive of WaterAid, notes that problems like unsafe drinking water, lack of sanitation, and poor hygiene are exacerbated by a lack of education about their health impact. He cites the new Global
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Apr 26, 2013
  Dr. Mark Alderson is the director of the pneumococcal vaccine project at PATH. Since 2006, his team has been advancing the development of vaccines tailor-made to protect the world's poorest children from pneumonia—a disease that, together with
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Apr 24, 2013
We can prevent 95% of deaths from diarrhea and 65% of deaths from pneumonia by scaling up cost-effective interventions. How cool is that? That was the bottom line from US AID's briefing about the Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and
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Apr 15, 2013
The Guardian, April 2013In highlighting the Integrated Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea and accompanying scientific articles in the Lancet, the Guardian notes the coordinated effort required to apply a variety of interventions, from
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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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Apr 11, 2013
UNICEF, April 2013The newly launched Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) calls for closer integration of efforts to prevent and treat these two diseases and sets ambitious targets to reduce
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Apr 10, 2013
Share these photos on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word about the GAPPD: the first global plan to simultaneously tackle pneumonia and diarrhoea, two leading child killers.    Suggested Facebook status: With a global plan to tackle
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Apr 05, 2013
This advocacy toolkit is designed to assist civil society organisations (CSOs), nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), and other advocacy groups or individuals to advocate for the successful implementation of the recommendations of the Integrated
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Apr 05, 2013
Dr. Koki Agarwal, Director, Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) Dr. Greg Allgood, Director and Founder, Proctor & Gamble Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance Dr. Thomas Brewer
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Apr 05, 2013
Leaders of global and national NGOs, scientists, pediatricians, academics, and policymakers have issued statements to support the implementation of the GAPPD framework. To read through leader statements categorized by region, click the links below
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Apr 05, 2013
Diverse Array of NGOs and CSOs Call on Governments and Partners to Make Global Action Plan a Reality Statement of Support for the Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea   Click here to view the
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Apr 05, 2013
EMBARGOED for Release:                                                           01:01 Geneva local time                                                               00:01 London local time Friday, April 12, 2013
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Apr 05, 2013
Full report: Integrated Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) (PDF, 763 KB) Authors: UNICEF and WHO Published: April 2013   GAPPD report resources: Executive summary: in English and French Summary:
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Mar 25, 2013
  This past Friday was World Water Day and an opportunity to celebrate the excellent work being doing to promote water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the developing world. The UK has played a leading role in making WASH a priority for
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Mar 21, 2013
 A young girl in Haiti carries water. What if we lost 32 school buses full of children today? That's 2,195 children—the number who die daily of diarrhea around the world. That's more than die from AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. As World
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Mar 13, 2013
  Reposted from makingmalariahistory.org.   Last week, the Washington Global Health Alliance held its “Experience Global Health” exhibit on Capitol Hill. The unique, multi-sensory event presented stories of global health struggles (like malaria
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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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Feb 27, 2013
  Budgets and deficits.  Fiscal cliffs and recessions.  It's hard to find a good-news story about the economy right about now.  Most of us feel like putting our money in our mattress and calling it a day.  But here at DefeatDD, we have just the
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Feb 20, 2013
  On March 15, the UK will celebrate Comic Relief, one of the landmark dates in the calendar for raising public awareness of the effects of poverty, disease and instability in the developing world. From now until then, children and adults up and
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Feb 04, 2013
RotaFlash, February 2012The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a new rotavirus vaccine position paper that reaffirms its global recommendation and clarifies the relaxation of age restrictions.Read the full article
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Jan 16, 2013
RotaFlash, January 2013In an effort to address inequitable access to new vaccines, UNICEF has announced a tender to establish affordable and sustainable supplies of rotavirus, pneumococcal conjugate, and human papillomavirus vaccines for middle
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Jan 09, 2013
  I still remember when the project was put in front of me: "Non-profit needs website support for their Drupal website." Great! We're a Drupal shop, so that's right up our alley. My next question: What's the non-profit's issue? "Diarrhea. Poop." At
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Jan 08, 2013
Forbes, January 2013In a recent in-depth interview conducted by the Skoll World Forum‘s Rahim Kanani, Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake discussed the urgent need to create a commodities market of life-saving medicines in the developing world
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Nov 29, 2012
  As I was writing my new book, my granddaughter of 6 asked me what I was up to. I am writing my book, I said. What is it on? She asked. On what grandpa thinks is most important. Do you know what grandpa thinks is most important? That the children
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Nov 21, 2012
Originally published on Politics Home. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome World Toilet Day, an annual event which takes place on the 19th of November to highlight the fact that many people in the developing world lack access to a
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Nov 20, 2012
  Did you see the blog posts yesterday (World Toilet Day) from elected officials in the United States reminding us of the importance of safe toilets for the health and safety of children and communities? Oh, that's right, there weren't any.   But
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Nov 19, 2012
  The sanitation problem is huge - if you're reading this blog you're probably well aware that 2.5 billion people, or one in three people in the entire world, don't have access to a clean toilet. That leads to a hell of a lot of diarrhea-related
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Nov 15, 2012
Herald Online, November 2012PATH’s Drug Development program announced today the completion of two phase 1 clinical studies for iOWH032—its investigational new drug to treat acute diarrhea caused by diseases such as cholera. Based on positive
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Nov 12, 2012
  On a recent visit to a local children's ward in the northern part of Ethiopia over 70% of the children were suffering from pneumonia.  When a child in this region goes to the hospital, most often the parents move in as well, sleeping in the same
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Nov 06, 2012
  Hurricane Sandy brushed lightly by Chapel Hill as the annual UNC Water and Health conference unfolded. I was sucked into the conference right from the start, even missing the wild Halloween scene on Franklin Street! As in previous years, I was
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Oct 24, 2012
PATH RotaFlash, October 2012Existing age restrictions prevent rotavirus vaccination of many children who are most vulnerable, particularly in poor settings where children often present late for routine immunizations. According to the World Health
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Oct 19, 2012
AlertNet, October 2012The London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and SHARE, a sanitation and hygiene research initiative funded by the UK's Department of International Development, have co-organized a month-long exhibition on sanitation that
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Oct 15, 2012
  We've all heard it: There is no “I” in team.  There is no “me” in “we.”  Whatever the phrase, we all learned about sharing, the benefits of collective action, and the idea of everyone working toward a common, unified goal.  But the more I think
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Oct 11, 2012
Update: The contest is closed, but the conversation shouldn't be! Keep on sharing with the hashtag #poohaiku. For inspiration, see the winning haikus here.   What inspired us to create the Poo Haiku Contest? We couldn't have said it better than @
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Sep 26, 2012
Every Woman, Every Child, September 2012At the UN General Assembly, members of the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children submitted a new plan and set of recommendations to improve access to simple, lifesaving
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Sep 24, 2012
Sabin Vaccine Institute, September 2012The world's greatest minds focused on defeating rotavirus gathered in Bangkok to share experiences, data, and motivation at overcoming the leading cause of severe childhood diarrhea.Read the full article
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Sep 13, 2012
UNICEF, September 2012Data released by UNICEF show that the number of children under the age of 5 dying globally has dropped from nearly 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2011. Though the progress is remarkable and worth celebrating
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Aug 27, 2012
  Where else but a Toilet Fair could one encounter an evening of stimulating conversation… about poop? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation proudly presented the chance to mingle with some of the most innovative, creative minds applying their
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Aug 22, 2012
  As doctors and researchers, we have spent our lives treating sick children and consoling families rocked by illnesses and deaths that could have been prevented. Too many times, we have lost patients to preventable causes like diarrhea.   But
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Aug 21, 2012
PLOS, August 2012If the solutions to treat diarrhea and save lives are simple and cost-effective, why the lack of attention or investment? In the second article of a two-part series, Oliver Sabot of the Clinton Health Access Initiative outlines and
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Aug 16, 2012
The Economist, August 2012The Gates Foundation announces the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, which aims to bring safe, affordable and sustainable toilets to the 40% of the world’s population who lack access to basic sanitation.Read the
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Jul 27, 2012
GlobalPolicy.tv, July 2012On the occasion of the 19th International AIDS Conference, Lisa Schechtman of WaterAid in America covers two taboo topics -- sex and poop -- to show that politeness can be perilous when it comes to important global health
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Jul 03, 2012
Countdown to 2015, June 2012The 2012 Countdown to 2015 Report, Building a Future for Women and Children, highlights country progress—and obstacles to progress—towards achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 to reduce child mortality and
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Jun 14, 2012
  As health leaders from around the globe gather for the Child Survival Call to Action, it is heartening to see India take a leadership role as co-convener of the Summit. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare for India, will help
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Jun 12, 2012
  The Great, the Good and the Glamorous are gathering in Washington DC this week to talk about some really big issues affecting the world's poorest and most vulnerable children and adults.   Anyone who is anyone in Global Health and Development
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Jun 08, 2012
UNICEF, June 2012A new report from UNICEF focuses on the huge potential to narrow the child survival gap between the richest and the poorest by focusing on pneumonia and diarrhoea – the two primary killers of children under the age of five. The new
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Jun 07, 2012
Dick Walker with children in Cambodia. Promising vaccine technologies can help expand and improve the arsenal of tools to use in the fight against diarrhea among children. The leading bacterial causes of diarrhea are enterotoxigenic Escherichia
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May 30, 2012
Decade of Vaccines Collaboration, May 2012The Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly endorsed a landmark Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), a roadmap to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to existing vaccines for people in
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May 23, 2012
  Diarrhea is a scourge that has affected humanity throughout history.  Battles have been lost by armies because of epidemics of diarrhea.  Until recently there were no treatments available for diarrhea except intravenous fluids to correct
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May 11, 2012
PATH welcomes the encouraging news published in the Lancet today that global child deaths continue to decrease, while also recognizing that the fight is far from over. Childhood diarrhea and pneumonia claim a combined 2 million lives annually and
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May 02, 2012
At USAID's "Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday" briefing, USAID Administrator Raj Shah proudly displays a photo of one of his little ones, who had just graduated from her play group. I've always had a soft spot for revolutionary people and ideas,
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Apr 23, 2012
“A mother and child wait for you to return home” and put your commitments into action was the challenge from Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson to delegates at the Ministerial meeting of "Sanitation and Water for All" (SWA) on Friday. She
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Mar 19, 2012
  As Vice President of Field Programs at PATH, I appreciate efforts like World Water Day that call for universal access to the solutions that are the foundation to the health and well-being of communities. I appreciate these efforts both as a
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Mar 12, 2012
The Guardian, March 2012The MDG target to halve the number of people who lack access to safe drinking water has been met years ahead of schedule, but the good news is tempered with a warning that the sanitation MDG target is lagging behind.Read the
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Mar 09, 2012
Reposted with permission from The DigDeep Right to Water Project. This blog post is about girls - one in particular - and her name is Nombinqo. It's not fair to say Nombinqo grew up in rural South Africa. Growing up implies so many things - a
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Mar 02, 2012
Do you remember how your mom took care of you when you got sick? Moms everywhere want to take care of their kids. Diarrhea can be deadly, but mothers have hope when they have access to simple solutions. Proven, affordable tools should be at-hand for
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Feb 13, 2012
British Medical Journal, February 2012With the deadline to achieving MDG 4 on the horizon, the British Medical Journal touts zinc and ORS to be among the best investments we can make to achieve the rapid progress needed to improve child mortality.
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Feb 08, 2012
  The 1,000 days between a woman's pregnancy and her child's 2nd birthday represent a critical but short window of time to ensure a child's future health and prosperity. Children who are well-nourished during this critical window reap a lifetime of
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Jan 25, 2012
A child at a new water point in Rwanda. Last month, I joined the international development community in celebrating the bipartisan introduction of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2012 in the House of Representatives. It is needed
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Jan 18, 2012
  One of the tools that will help us defeat diarrheal disease is vaccines - both the rotavirus vaccines that are licensed and the vaccines against bacteria that cause diarrhea that are still in development.     So it was heartening in 2010, when
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Jan 04, 2012
Reposted with permission of PATH In 2003, vaccines against rotavirus were poised to reach the global market, but surprisingly few people knew the virus' name, let alone that it was the leading cause of severe diarrheal disease. “We've never heard
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Dec 02, 2011
At defeatDD, we love to talk *bleep*, so we made a video about it. After all, if we can't talk *bleep,* we can't defeat death by *bleep.* Spread the word!    
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Nov 11, 2011
  Do you remember when the kids in your neighborhood were dying from pneumonia? I can't say that I do, but I am reading a great novel right now that reminded me it wasn't that long ago that here in the US, mothers like me lived in fear of their
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Oct 27, 2011
LiveScience, October 2011On October 31, 2011, the 7 billionth person will join the world. Population growth makes worldwide access to adequate sanitation more important than ever, but we still have a long way to go.Read the full article
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Oct 25, 2011
Rotaflash, October 2011Findings from a study published in the Lancet show that child mortality from rotavirus remains high. Tragically, approximately 95% of rotavirus deaths occurred in countries that are eligible to receive GAVI-support to
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Oct 18, 2011
allAfrica, October 2011On October 15, countries all around the world celebrated Global Handwashing Day. In Kenya, the public health and sanitation minister highlighted diarrheal disease while participating at a PATH-sponsored Global Handwashing Day
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Sep 23, 2011
  This week, the leaders of the world descended upon New York City for the 66th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, and many related high-level meetings and events.  The hustle and bustle in New York is always energizing to me, but
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Sep 16, 2011
  Each year new challenges surface across the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector, yet with proven solutions these challenges are solvable. The problem is sometimes the proven solutions need a technological leg-up. Let's be clear,
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Sep 14, 2011
  Call it what you will: joining up or combining interventions, integration or disaggregation. Whatever you call it, it is essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and to alleviating poverty and disease. We can't agree more with
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Aug 31, 2011
CBC News, August 2011Vaccinating infants against rotavirus can also prevent serious diseases in unvaccinated older children and adults, a new study in The Journal of Infectious Diseases says.Read the full article
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Aug 25, 2011
Reposted with permission from End the Neglect   In my work to raise awareness about the global burden of diarrheal disease, I read a lot about the many benefits of safe water and sanitation, including the promise it holds for girls and women. But
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Aug 16, 2011
Data & Reports: Diarrheal Disease, General (resources are listed chronologically) Infographic: Why is diarrhea dangerous? PATH, October 2016 Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report: Sustainable Progress in the Post-2015 EraInternational Vaccine
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Aug 16, 2011
Data & Reports: Water & Sanitation (resources are listed chronologically) Sanitation Message Map PATH, 2015 (33 KB PDF) Improving nutrition outcomes through better water, sanitation, and hygieneWHO, UNICEF, and USAID, 2015 Progress on
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Aug 16, 2011
Infant & Young Child Nutrition (resources are listed chronologically) INFOGRAPHIC: Diarrheal disease and malnutrition are inextricably linkedPATH, 2016 (3257 KB PDF) Malnutrition and diarrheal disease message map PATH, 2016 (560 KB PDF)
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Aug 16, 2011
Data & Reports: Oral Rehydration Therapy (resources are listed chronologically) Progress over a Decade of Zinc and ORS Scale-up: Best Practices and Lessons Learned UNICEF and CHAI, 2016 Blueprint for Action: A Decade of Saving Children's Lives
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Aug 16, 2011
Data & Reports: Zinc & Other Micronutrients (resources are listed chronologically) Progress over a Decade of Zinc and ORS Scale-up: Best Practices and Lessons LearnedUNICEF and CHAI, 2016 Blueprint for Action: A Decade of Saving Children's
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Aug 03, 2011
  Overwhelming evidence points to undeniable benefits of breastmilk in curbing diarrhea illness and death, yet breastfeeding rates in some of the world's poorest countries remain staggeringly low. Only a third of mothers in the developing world
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Jul 28, 2011
The Economist, July 2011Many low-resource countries suffer routine outbreaks of cholera and other diarrheal diseases that could be overcome by increased access to clean water and sanitation -- but only innovation will spur a solution.Read the full
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Jul 21, 2011
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, July 2011At the AfricaSan3 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, the Gates Foundation announced their new sanitation strategy. With a focus on new and innovative approaches to "reinvent the toilet," the foundation seeks to
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Jun 14, 2011
  Today marks the second day of the Global Health Council's 38th annual International Conference in Washington, DC and events are in full swing. Spanning the entire week, global health professionals and organizations from all over the world gather
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Jun 07, 2011
These children are holding their immunization cards. One day, vaccines against ETEC could appear on this list. I was looking at the group of people around me, our “market assessment team,” and wondering how such a diverse collection of people would
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May 16, 2011
WaterAid, May 2011"For the first time in 20 years the World Health Assembly, WHO’s highest policy-making body, will consider a Resolution on drinking-water, sanitation and health at its 64th Assembly which opens on Monday 16 May. The Government of
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May 16, 2011
Yael Velleman, WaterAid, is on hand at the World Health Assembly to make certain that safe water and sanitation gets the attention it deserves. Summer is almost here - and with it come the holidays, and necessarily the flights to far and exotic
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May 16, 2011
WaterAid, May 2011This year at the World Health Assembly, WaterAid is is calling for urgent action on two debilitating water-borne diseases: guinea worm and cholera, both of which have devastating effects in poor countries. "Half of the developing
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May 09, 2011
  It's an exciting moment for water and sanitation campaigners at End Water Poverty, as we're about to take the footsteps and voices of the 350,000 people who joined the World Walks for Water in March to world leaders at the United Nations
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Apr 28, 2011
Voice of America, April 2011"The U.S. State Department says roughly 900 million people in the developing world walk an average of six kilometers to get water for their families.  So on Wednesday, the department sponsored a six-kilometer walk to
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Apr 27, 2011
Gates Foundation Blog, April 2011"Dexiang Chen was born in Linshu, a rural town in the Shangdong province of China. During the height of the Cultural Revolution, his career was chosen for him: he would become a farmer. Now? Dexiang leads vaccine
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Apr 19, 2011
  It's been a year since defeatDD was born. Back then, I blogged about how diarrhea was often a joke at the party, but less often a serious contender for action in the world of global health. Over the past year, I've started to think maybe I was
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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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Apr 04, 2011
  On World Water Day, a day on which people around the world joined together to recognize the importance of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene education (WASH), I spent the morning thinking about the number of children who do not
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Mar 28, 2011
On World Water Day, March 22 2011, people around the world celebrated clean water and explored solutions for the world's biggest environmental health crisis - the lack of safe water and sanitation. Killing more children each year than AIDS,
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Mar 25, 2011
Voice of America, March 2011More than a million young children die each year from diarrhea, even though there's no secret about how to prevent or treat it. Now, public health experts have developed a new report showing that the vast majority of
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Mar 16, 2011
ONE Campaign, March 2011Dr. Mathuram Santosham, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and Dr. Ciro A. de Quardos, Sabin Vaccine Institute, have teamed up to form ROTA: the Rotavirus Organization of Technical Allies. This group of experts "will
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Mar 14, 2011
  Next Tuesday, March 22, is World Water Day. As the leader of an organization committed to improving the health of communities in developing countries, I am thrilled to see that momentum is growing - across the US and globally - for reaching the
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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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Mar 02, 2011
  It is perhaps no small irony that the topic of conversation least likely to be the center of a case of verbal diarrhea is diarrhea itself.Despite the scandalous statistics associated with diarrheal diseases and its impact in developing countries
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Feb 28, 2011
  “Sanitation and drinking-water… is the key to development, human progress and dignity. Water defines our health, and for the World Health Organisation, there is no health without sanitation and drinking water,” states Dr. Maria Neira, Director of
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Feb 23, 2011
Overcoming taboo can be pretty tricky with teenage girls.   But given the facts—like frightening stats that convey the fear and harassment girls confront every day in schools without appropriate facilities, or the availability of simple solutions
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Feb 22, 2011
The Huffington Post, February 2011Dr. Orin Levine, Executive Director of the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins University, highlights an "uncommon reward" in a field that requires patience and persistence. "So what's different
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Feb 21, 2011
Norman Bates doesn't make an appearance in this clip, but another killer does. This awareness-raising video was made for World Water Day 2009.    
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Feb 21, 2011
Reuters, February 2011A new report shows that research and development (R &D) funding for neglected diseases has increased, including funding for diarrhea, which is up to more than 5%. The report urges the continuation of more and better
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Feb 18, 2011
End Water Poverty knows about the water and sanitation crisis that's killing 4000 children a day. We know that it's a crisis affecting 2.6 billion people and threatening the development of many countries across Africa and South Asia. We also know
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Feb 15, 2011
GOOD, February 2011"We are calling for ideas and projects that will raise awareness about this issue. We want you to submit your best idea for convincing people in your life—your friends, neighbors, family members—that vaccines matter and for
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Feb 02, 2011
I typically wouldn't consider having to “go” a cause for celebration. But having a place to “go”—whenever, wherever—now there's a reason to rejoice. Last November, I was on hand as WaterAid and the King County Library system brought this message to
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Jan 31, 2011
Gates Foundation Blog, January 2011Remarkable news was recently announced, proving the real-world impact of vaccination in preventing rotavirus diarrhea, a common childhood disease that each year takes the lives of more than half a million children—
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Jan 24, 2011
Al Jazeera English, January 2011Save the Children has launched a campaign to mobilize funding for vaccines for the leading global killers of children: pneumonia and diarrhea.Read the full article
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Jan 10, 2011
There is no single intervention that will improve global health faster than providing access to clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene education to literally 1/3 of the world's population.  The statistics are staggering. Nearly one billion
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Jan 01, 2011
This report presents successful models of integration that respond to community-level and national needs through a focus on primary healthcare, clean water and sanitation, and nutrition. These initiatives are generating important lessons and
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Nov 05, 2010
CNN, November 2010"Humanity is facing a war right now with an enemy that appears to be winning. Although this war is not fought with guns, more people die from this enemy than all the guns and all the other wars in the world combined. What's really
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Nov 03, 2010
The Guardian, November 2010Rose George, author of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, calls attention to the resilient scourge of diarrhoeal disease. Cholera outbreaks in disaster settings garner the most
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Oct 13, 2010
What will you do to mark the occasion?Last year, Global Handwashing Day was celebrated by over 200 million school children around the world. Find out how you can join by celebrating at your school, organization or community this Friday, October 15.
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Sep 08, 2010
Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, September 2010A group of over 2,500 leading water experts from 130 countries gathered in Stockholm on Sunday, September 4, to kick off World Water Week, where they will focus on "increasing water pollution
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Aug 11, 2010
BMC Public Health, August 2010A recent study conducted in Spain found that the introduction of a rotavirus vaccine into routine immunization programs would reduce significantly the important medical and economic burden due to rotavirus infections in
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Aug 11, 2010
To the parents of a child who just received a potentially lifesaving vaccination against rotavirus, the molecular biology behind that vaccine may not get much consideration. Even the medical teams administering vaccinations might not be tuned in to
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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 02, 2010
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Jul 15, 2010
What is the Health/WASH Network? The Health/WASH Network is a consortium of development, health, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) organizations. Its goal is to integrate advocacy efforts between the health and WASH sectors to increase
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Jul 14, 2010
One of the biggest challenges in global health is matching resources to the areas where the most lives can be saved.  It is a very serious problem, because resources are always scarce, and when they are not targeted to those areas where the most
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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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May 18, 2010
Reuters, May 2010A new government study shows that the number of children hospitalized for rotavirus infection dropped sharply after the U.S. introduced rotavirus vaccines in 2006.Read the full article.
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May 14, 2010
EmaxHealth, May 2010Scientists have long known about the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for infants, but new research has taken our understanding one step further: “For the first time, we can see that breast milk induces genetic pathways that
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May 10, 2010
ONE, May 2010Tachi Yamada, President of the Gates Foundation's Global Health Program, outlines how the Foundation will focus its resources on providing vaccines that will prevent children like Emon from dying of major childhood killers like
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Mar 31, 2010
No one wants talk about it, but diarrheal disease is the second leading killer of children around the world. Watch this video to find out why and learn how you can add your voice to the growing conversation.
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Apr 01, 2009
Several countries and organizations are successfully scaling up use of interventions to overcome childhood diarrhea, including safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene, breastfeeding and optimal complementary feeding, rotavirus vaccines, zinc
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#mindthegappd
  In April 2013, UNICEF and WHO launched the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD), the first-ever plan to tackle the two diseases together and a watershed moment for champions of child health and
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#toiletday
While this list is by no means exhaustive, these global health observance days enjoy a guaranteed recurring reservation on our annual DefeatDD work plan as opportunities to generate greater attention to one or more solutions to defeat diarrheal
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