ONE Campaign, March 2011
Dr. 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 focus on demonstrating to decision makers and donors alike the need for rotavirus prevention as well as the proven safety and efficacy of rotavirus vaccines as part of a comprehensive effort to protect children from deadly diarrhea."
Voice of America, March 2011
More 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 those deaths could be prevented using currently available strategies, some costing only pennies.
In the village of Kamusinga, Kenya, parents learn about basic diarrheal disease prevention strategies from a community health volunteer.
Memories of my stay in the bustling border town of Busia, Kenya, fill me with optimism. Last October, I journeyed to Kenya to document PATH’s exciting work and to explore ways to inspire people in the field to be advocates for child health. I saw doctors being trained in new diarrhea treatment protocol, mothers educated on basic prevention, and an increasing number of fathers committed to participating in the health of their children. But what I think about most often is my introduction to a little girl who shares my name, just before she came into the world.
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 wrong, at least a little bit. Thanks to our cadre of generous bloggers, we’ve learned a lot here at defeatDD about the great work that is going on around the world in order to, well, cut the crap.
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 stabilization and formulation technologies projects at PATH, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving global health."
New York Times, May 2011
The Pan American Health Organization has announced that Haiti has come up with a plan to immunize 90% of its newborns by 2015. The plan includes pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines, among others. The ambitious plan will require international support from donor governments.
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 come together to generate the analysis we needed. We were getting ready to prepare a report about the market potential of a vaccine for a serious disease that affects both vulnerable children in developing countries and travelers to these areas, including our military troops. The disease is enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), a leading cause of bacterial diarrhea.
Zeynu Ullu, Ethiopia
Modeling healthy behavior for her community
Zeynu Ullu is a mother of five living in Oromia, Ethiopia. Many people in her community, including her family, had long suffered from intestinal parasites and diarrheal diseases. “I did not have a latrine—no one in the community had one. Mothers did not breastfeed their newborns on their first milk,” she says.
Reposted with the permission of GAVI Alliance
Two and a half year-old Abdul lay inert on his mother’s lap when we arrived at the Gondama Community Health Centre, a tiny rural clinic in southern Sierra Leone. Abdul’s mother, Aisha Kamara, had just brought him in and, tearful and terrified for her son, she talked to us while clinic staff readied for his treatment.
“He’s been sick for four days,” she told us, “He had diarrhoea and he kept getting weaker. He lost his appetite and stopped playing. Whatever he ate, he threw up. I just didn’t know what to do.”