Diarrhoea causes more deaths of young children in sub-Saharan Africa than AIDS, malaria and measles combined, yet its treatment still attracts relatively little investment.
Working with our local partner, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), and the Ministry of Health, we will strengthen the Zambian health system. Our immediate goal is to reduce the 15,000 diarrhoea-related deaths a year among children under the age of five. Up to one in three of these deaths is due to rotavirus, an easily transmitted infection for which there is now an effective vaccine.
Over 700,000 infants will be vaccinated against rotavirus by 2015
560 health workers will be trained in diarrhoea treatment by early 2014
Our mission in Zambia is to support and develop an integrated anti-diarrhoea approach for Africa that includes three elements: infant vaccination, better medical treatment and prevention. ARK believes this model could be expanded throughout Sub Saharan Africa to save hundreds of thousands of lives.
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