New Delhi: Diarrheal disease is the second leading killer disease of children under five around the world. This crisis is especially critical where safe water, sanitation, and access to urgent medical care are limited. When it doesn’t kill, repeated bouts of diarrheal illness can lead to irreversible physical and cognitive stunting, a burden that contributes to keeping families locked in a cycle of poverty and limiting children’s ability to reach their full potential.
However, there is a silver lining. The crisis can be solved with simple prevention and treatment solutions if done in a planned way. In the same context, PATH began the Defeat Diarrheal Disease Initiative (DefeatDD) in 2009 to raise awareness of the burden of diarrheal disease and help increase access to the solutions, calling on policymakers and donors to support integrated approaches. To achieve this goal, DefeatDD’s website and social media channels convened diverse stakeholders and function as a repository of relevant resource material.
As a part of these ongoing efforts, DefeatDD hosted a dissemination meeting, ‘Defeating Diarrhea: Integration is the solution,’ on July 26, 2017, at New Delhi. The meeting began with screening of the new short videos (below) based on the DefeatDD team’s recent resource-gathering trip to India along with a keynote address by Dr NK Ganguly, Advisor, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, and former Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, on ‘Why we should continue to prioritize diarrheal disease.’