The fact that diarrhea is the second leading cause of preventable death in children under the age of five in developing countries is well known. Yet, the question remains: What can be done? Here, we present a few of our own theories and catalogue those of other key advocates. We hope this sheds some light on how we at LifeDrops seek to address this complex issue.
Ian Matthews, LiveLeaf
In depth program overview outlining clinical work, partnership strategy and impact measurement.
Ian Matthews, LiveLeaf
Summary of the need for the LifeDrops program and its benefits.
Matthews, I., LiveLeaf Inc. May 2014
An overview of current systems for the distribution of healthcare products in low and middle income countries.
Use of Reactive Plant Immunity to address symptoms associated with acute diarrhea in children from resource-poor communities
Lawson, T. et. al., LiveLeaf, Inc.
LifeDrops science and clinical overview
World Health Organization, 2014
WHO sounds the alarm on antimicrobial resistance with a particular focus on antibiotics used to treat dysentery calling it a global health security emergency.
Treatment of diarrhea in young children: Results from surveys on the perception and use of oral rehydration solutions, antibiotics, and other therapies in India and Kenya
Zwisler, G. et al., Journal of Global Health, 3 (1), June 2013
Caregivers primary treatment goal is to stop diarrhea, and many believe that antibiotics or ORS will accomplish this goal. Inappropriate treatment and especially overuse of antibiotics is common. The results provide valuable insight into health-seeking behaviors and suggest significant opportunities to enhance treatment.
Unicef, June 2012
Instrumental in re-focusing effort and donor dollars on the two most common killers of children under five years old.
Bread for the World Institute, Briefing Paper Number 14, February 2012
Improving investments in nutrition programming by linking nutrition, health and agriculture sectors. Details the important role that diarrhea plays in undermining child nutritional development.
Santosham, M. et al., The Lancet 376 (9734), July 2010
Understanding the barriers to adoption and scaling of new treatments for diarrhea.
Unicef and World Health Organization, 2009
Groundbreaking report on the devastating effects of diarrhea on children under five years old in the developing world.
Guerrant, R. et al., Nutrition Reviews, 66(9) September, 2008
Meta-analysis of clinical data related to the malnutrition-diarrhea cycle and its implications for childhood development and novel interventions.