Evidence-based Landscape Analysis on Childhood Diarrheal Disorders and Development of Global Consensus on Priorities for Research and Interventions (DGAP)

Project Description

Childhood diarrheal disorders remain one of the top causes of childhood mortality around the world. Currently, there is an international movement to develop a global consensus on the priorities for research and interventions targeting childhood diarrheal morbidity and mortality. As a result, WHO, UNICEF, non-government and university partners formed a consortium to develop a global action plan for childhood diarrhea designed to guide international public health policy. As a member of the consortium, the BU Center for Global Health & Development coordinated seven country case studies providing a country level situational analysis documenting the underlying risk factors related to childhood diarrhea and reviewing current interventions and programs on the ground.  The countries were:  Zambia, Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Vietnam.  A key activity in the project was convening in-country workshops to identify key barriers to effective prevention and treatment of diarrheal disease, and to propose concrete solutions.  Each of these workshops was summarized in a separate report.  In addition, the BU team conducted a cross-country analysis of all seven workshops to identify common and unifying themes.  BU continues to be a key partner in the DGAP project, and has been asked to lead the writing team for a manuscript to be included in a series of DGAP articles being published by the Lancet in the spring of 2013.

Project Details

Principal Investigator Jonathon Simon, Christopher Gill
BU Co-Investigators N/A
  • Aga Khan University
  • Aga Khan Health Service
  • WHO
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • PATH
  • International Pediatric Association Foundation
  • International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research
  • Emerald Public Health Consulting Services Ltd.
  • INCLEN Trust International
  • Institute of Population, Health & Development
  • Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    Country(ies) Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Nigeria, Vietnam, and Zambia
    Dates of Research 2011-2012
    Donor/Funder Aga Khan University