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While diarrhea-related deaths have decreased globally, diarrheal diseases remain the second-leading cause of childhood deaths. We aim to save and improve millions of lives through the development and delivery of low-cost interventions that prevent and treat diarrheal and enteric diseases.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

Innovation: Understanding Global Differences in Human Milk Nutrients

Lindsay Allen, the Director of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California, might know more about vitamin B-12 deficiency than anyone in the world. By now there’s not much in the study of B-12 that surprises her. But Dr. Allen says that when she was researching infant nutrition in Guatemala – and figured out that half of the babies in her study got virtually no vitamin B-12 from their mothers’ milk – the discovery “freaked me out.” She immediately turned her attention studying breast milk. And the Gates Foundation is supporting her as she works to make sure that every child gets the best nutrition possible, right from birth.

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5 Reasons the Global Gap in Rotavirus Vaccine Access is Shrinking

Remarkable progress has been made in bringing rotavirus vaccine to those children most at risk, but still more needs to be done to achieve vaccine equity.

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From Assessing Family Planning Needs to Accelerating Drug Development for Childhood Diarrhea - Big Ideas from Grand Challenges Explorations Latest Awardees

Big Ideas from Grand Challenges Explorations Latest Awardees

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Three Tips For Writing Winning Poo-ems

Our Poo Haiku campaign is back! Here are three tips for how to write your own.

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‘Deliver, Deliver, Deliver’ – Dagfinn Høybråten Reflects on Five Years as Gavi Board Chair

Dagfinn Høybråten will this week chair a Gavi Board meeting for the last time before stepping down at the end of 2015. Here he reflects on five years at the helm of the Vaccine Alliance, steering Gavi through pivotal moments in its 15-year history.

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