21 November 2016

Declaration on Scaling Up Treatment of Childhood Diarrhea and Pneumonia

The Declaration creates a platform for partners to align technical and financial resources to scale up use of oral rehydration salts (ORS) and zinc for diarrhea, and amoxicillin for pneumonia, for maximum impact.  Use of these low cost, life-saving interventions has the potential to save over two million children’s lives every year.  In support of this Declaration, the Zinc Alliance for Child Health – an alliance that includes Teck Resources Ltd., the Micronutrient Initiative, and the Canadian International Development Agency – will allocate $15 million to support the national scale up of zinc and ORS in the highest-burden countries.  In addition, McCann Health, one of the world’s largest marketing communications companies, commits $5 million of in-kind resources and technical assistance to support the design and implementation of marketing campaigns to increase awareness of and demand for ORS and zinc – a critical barrier to ensuring universal use of these products.  Signatories to the Declaration include the U.S. and Canadian governments, UNICEF, WHO, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the MDG Health Alliance, Teck, the International Zinc Association, and McCann Health, along with a number of implementing partners.