Why Does Diarrhea Matter? Preventing a Million Needless Deaths Per Year

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Diarrhea claims 1.3 million children’s lives and ails a staggering 2.5 billion children under-five annually, mostly in Africa and South Asia. Gains from the introduction of oral rehydration therapy (ORT) and improved water, sanitation and hygiene are eroding due to lack of attention and inadequate resources at global and country levels. Over the past decade, ORT use declined, preventive efforts have been fragmented, and programs have achieved limited coverage. Yet, implementing evidence-based preventive and treatment interventions at scale, including rotavirus vaccination and zinc treatment, could reduce the disease burden significantly.

This webinar is the first of a series of webinars on diarrheal disease co-hosted by Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) and CORE Group. On Feb. 15, 2012, Dr. Dyness Kasungami’s presentation highlighted the unfinished agenda to reduce morbidity and mortality resulting from diarrhea, and advocate for coordinated approaches to implement a package of effective interventions, mobilizing resources and sounds the call for a global coalition of a multi-disciplinary partners to save 1.3 million lives annually. Dr. Kasungami discussed on what we can do with existing resources, and explore opportunities for mobilizing additional funding.

Dr. Dyness Kasungami is the Team Leader of the Child Health Technical Officer at MCHIP.

Watch the webinar here.

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