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The world’s worst cholera outbreak highlights need for long-term solutions

The world’s worst cholera outbreak highlights need for long-term solutions hrandall Fri, 12/01/2017 – 10:08 Dec 01, 2017 Farasha Bashir Communications Specialist, icddr,b In 2015, civil war broke out in Yemen between the government and the rebel movement, triggering a humanitarian crisis that has resulted in more than 70 per cent of the population needing immediate aid and assistance. Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab peninsula, and constant bombings have devastated infrastructure, including roads and hospitals.   One of the most devastating consequences of this war and instability has been the worst cholera outbreak ever recorded. Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that thrives in disadvantaged and unstable environments; it can kill within hours if left untreated. Malnutrition and poor sanitation have made the country vulnerable to cholera, and more than 800,000 civilians have already been affected.

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An interview with Raya

An interview with Raya hrandall Thu, 11/16/2017 – 12:49 Nov 16, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD 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 as we are about keeping germs at bay.   We sat down to thank her for contributing a Toilet Talk for our campaign to raise awareness about diarrhea prevention and treatment ahead of World Toilet Day and to share with advocates our new state of the field report. And of course, we continued to talk toilets!   Hope: Good to meet you, Raya

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Killing two bugs with one strategy

Killing two bugs with one strategy hrandall Fri, 11/10/2017 – 11:47 Nov 10, 2017 Laura Kallen Senior Scientific Communications Associate, PATH 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 other hand, would be stocky, thick, and very ugly, a grisly force. Both are horrifying to imagine, but then again, so is the reality. These diseases take 1.5 million young lives every year

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Coming soon: DefeatDD’s new state-of-the-field report

Coming soon: DefeatDD’s new state-of-the-field report hrandall Tue, 10/31/2017 – 14:58 Nov 01, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD 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 Global Killer. I also helped to collect the names of more than 100 organizations from around the world that signed onto a Call to Action statement advocating for greater attention to, and urgency around, diarrheal disease.   As we’d hoped, so much content in those pages is outdated thanks to global progress.. In those early materials, we said things like “Rotavirus vaccines may soon be available for global use.” In late 2009, the World Health Organization issued its recommendation for all countries introduce rotavirus vaccines into their national immunization programs, a key step for vaccine procurement through structures like UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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Rotavirus vaccines: a lifesaving opportunity for Afghanistan

Rotavirus vaccines: a lifesaving opportunity for Afghanistan hrandall Tue, 10/31/2017 – 11:17 Oct 31, 2017 Dr. Palwasha Anwari Photo: Palwasha Anwari   Diarrheal disease has haunted Afghanistan for far too long. In 2015, a Demographic and Health Survey from Afghanistan found that, in the two weeks before the survey, nearly three in ten children under five had suffered from diarrhea. It is estimated that more than 45 percent of all diarrhea-related hospitalizations in Afghanistan are due to rotavirus—the leading, deadliest form of severe diarrheal disease—and Afghanistan is one of just ten countries that account for almost two-thirds of all rotavirus deaths worldwide.   This needs to end.

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Women lead the way to a healthier India

Women lead the way to a healthier India hrandall Wed, 10/25/2017 – 15:05 Oct 25, 2017 Erika Amaya Digital Communications Officer, PATH On DefeatDD’s trip to India earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet with many dedicated colleagues working to reduce the toll of childhood diarrhea. As they guided our team through some of the communities most affected by a high burden of infectious disease,  residents shared  their challenges, successes, and hopes for the future.   Through these conversations, I learned that here, women are leading the charge for social change and health.   As our colleague Dr.

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The protective power of vaccines against diarrhea

The protective power of vaccines against diarrhea hrandall Mon, 10/09/2017 – 12:08 Oct 09, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD 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 me about why you got emotional watching this video.   You know, it just makes everything about organizing clinical trials, from the stressful to the monotonous, worthwhile in the end.

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No time like the present: tackling enteric diseases through integration

No time like the present: tackling enteric diseases through integration hrandall Wed, 10/04/2017 – 13:44 Oct 04, 2017 Zoey Diaz Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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 has been cut in half, primarily through access to better vaccines and treatment in low and middle income countries. However, 50% is not a passing grade. Being an organization of overachievers, we still see much work to do and recognize the great potential to reach more children with proven solutions, as well as new innovations in both tools and delivery systems.

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Rotavirus vaccine – along with our team – demonstrates efficacy in Indian clinical study

Rotavirus vaccine – along with our team – demonstrates efficacy in Indian clinical study hrandall Tue, 09/26/2017 – 11:13 Sep 26, 2017 Tushar Tewari Senior Medical Officer, CVIA Clinical, and PATH’s Team Leader for the BRV-PV Phase 3 efficacy study As results from a Phase 3 efficacy study in India of the Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd. (SIIPL)’s rotavirus vaccine BRV-PV (now known as ROTASIIL) are published in the journal Vaccine, I find myself reflecting on the great partnership that conducted the trial. The Serum Institute and PATH worked with six strong community-based clinical sites, all supported by the Clinical Research Organization, DiagnoSearch. 

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After the floods: Diarrheal disease threats lurk behind natural disasters

After the floods: Diarrheal disease threats lurk behind natural disasters hrandall Fri, 09/22/2017 – 13:49 Sep 22, 2017 defeatDD 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 been simply captivated by news of the devastation

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Children: the most persistent and passionate advocates

Children: the most persistent and passionate advocates hrandall Tue, 09/12/2017 – 13:32 Sep 12, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD I have yet to meet a child who did not want to be a grown up.   My four-year-old niece, Lily, loves sharing her expertise with her baby sister, Rosalie, on how to navigate the ways of the world. Fortunately for her mom, Lily is fastidious about cleanliness: “I don’t like germs. We don’t need to give germs to each other.” She thinks it’s fun to help Rosalie wash her hands, loves to help her mommy do the dishes, and is loud and proud about her recent potty training success.   As much as she wants to be a grown up, though, she is still only four years old

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An impossible choice: The dangerous disruption of diarrhea treatment costs

An impossible choice: The dangerous disruption of diarrhea treatment costs hrandall Tue, 09/05/2017 – 10:43 Sep 05, 2017 defeatDD Many families are forced to make the impossible choice between treatment and family finances when their children fall ill with diarrheal disease.   Diarrheal disease isn’t just a medical problem—it’s an economic one, too. We’ve heard from families around the world how the costs of diarrhea treatment can significantly interrupt parents’ livelihoods as well as education, food, and shelter for the rest of the family. A study published in the British Medical Journal provides powerful evidence and deeper insights into the economics of diarrheal disease for families in Malawi. To help break it down, we’re sharing a few of the study’s most fascinating findings

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Nutrition and WASH: a recipe for success

Nutrition and WASH: a recipe for success hrandall Wed, 08/30/2017 – 13:53 Aug 30, 2017 Mwandwe Chileshe Global Program Associate at 1,000 Days and a Global Health Corps fellow 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  a key ingredient for fighting global malnutrition – WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). The report highlights that 50% of undernutrition in children under five is associated with repeated diarrhea and infections resulting from poor WASH conditions. Additionally, poor sanitation is listed as the second leading cause of stunting worldwide.

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Surprising sanitation lessons in Delhi

Surprising sanitation lessons in Delhi hrandall Thu, 08/24/2017 – 12:33 Aug 24, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD I knew enough to know that Delhi would be unlike any other place I’d ever visited. I knew to expect heart-stopping auto rides, colorful chaos, seemingly impossible juxtapositions of gleaming office buildings and tattered tents, and delicious chai wherever I went. Since Delhi is a dynamic city that cannot be contained physically or conceptually, I should have also expected the unexpected even when it came to sanitation, a topic I know (or thought I knew) well. Tiny open-air vehicles called autos share the road with bikes, motorcycles, and full-sized cars and are not for the faint of heart.  I’d read enough before my trip to know that India’s sanitation situation is a special case in many ways

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