Participants at workshop.

Workshop participants discuss the “roots”
of diarrheal disease burden to construct a
“problem tree” and explore solutions.

Participants at workshop.

PATH's work at the country level recognizes the need for flexibility. Working closely with country leaders, we help develop a unique approach to diarrheal disease control that addresses the needs and opportunities of each individual setting.


PATH recently launched a pilot program in Kenya’s Western Province aimed at building awareness for new diarrheal disease control interventions. Workshops with parents and providers are helping PATH and our partners evaluate current practices and knowledge gaps around diarrheal disease control.

Building on the needs identified through these workshops, PATH will train providers and educate community members on diarrheal disease control interventions. As Elijah Mbiti from the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation said upon closing the inaugural gathering, "The work on diarrhea does not end here. The work goes on."

As the project identifies information gaps and records the impact of training and education, the results, will inform district and national health policy, including development of Kenya’s National Plan for Diarrheal Disease Control, and activities have been endorsed by Kenya’s Child Health Inter-agency Coordinating Committee (ICC).

Learn more about the devastating burden of diarrheal disease in Africa through one mother’s story.

Rotavirus vaccine clinical trials

PATH also is evaluating the efficacy of rotavirus vaccines among impoverished populations in Africa, conducting clinical trials in Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, and South Africa in collaboration with manufacturers Merck & Co., Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline. Results will be available in 2009, and the World Health Organization will review the data toward making a universal recommendation on the use of rotavirus vaccines.

Photos: PATH/Janie Hayes.