Speaker presents at the Diarrhea and Pneumonia Working Group second quarter meeting in May 2014
A speaker presents at the Diarrhea and Pneumonia Working Group second quarter meeting in May 2014. Photo by Doug Trapp, courtesy of Abt Associates.

The Diarrhea and Pneumonia Working Group aims to reduce mortality and morbidity from child diarrhea and pneumonia by accelerating treatment scale-up in 10 high-burden countries, accounting for over 60% of the global burden (Bangladesh, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Uganda). Specifically, the group is working towards achieving 60% to 80% treatment coverage by 2015 among children under five by:

  • – Ensuring wide availability of high-quality, affordable treatments in both the public and private sectors.
  • – Securing a conducive and supportive policy and regulatory environment for treatment.
  • – Ensuring harmonization of efforts across partners to maximize impact of individual investments.
  • – Generating demand for ORS, zinc, and amoxicillin, and teaching caregivers when/where to seek treatment.
  • – Improving knowledge and skills of health providers to promote and deliver appropriate treatment and care.

The Working Group provides technical assistance, resource mobilization, and monitoring and evaluation support to organizations and governments working in the ten countries.


Treatment Guidelines

  • DPWG-WHO Advocacy Package for Pneumonia Treatment-Technical Brief-October 2014 (English) (French)
  • DPWG-WHO Advocacy Package for Pneumonia Treatment-Policy Brief-October 2014 (English) (French)
  • DPWG-WHO Advocacy Package for Pneumonia Treatment-Evidence Brief-October 2014 (English) (French)

Country Implementation

Country Update Summary

Other Countries


Meeting Materials

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Q1 2014
Q4 2013
Q2 2013
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Related Websites

Defeat DD
DefeatDD.org was created by PATH to inform and inspire advocates committed to joining their voices and raising awareness about diarrheal disease. The website provides key resources and links to information on simple, lifesaving interventions that can significantly reduce childhood diarrhea deaths worldwide.
Click here to go to the external website.

Zinc Task Force
The Zinc Task Force (ZTF) is a collaborative group working towards the accelerated delivery of zinc and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) for the management of diarrhea in low-income countries. The ZTF serves as a technical working group to facilitate joint problem solving for global and national bottlenecks with regard to zinc procurement, delivery, and policy adaptation. The members maintain a repository of evidence, programmatic guidance, and work to further enhance improved delivery and scale-up around the world.
Click here to go to the external website.

SHOPS Project Resource Center
The Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project is USAID’s flagship initiative in private sector health. The SHOPS resource center houses all of the project’s publications and those written by others unassociated with this project who are working on private sector health issues. The resources include reports, tools, presentations, videos, announcements, and brief narratives that give an up-close view of SHOPS’s work.
Click here to go to the external website.

UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities
The UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities works to make thirteen life-saving commodities more widely available and used in developing countries to avert preventable maternal and children deaths. Expanding access to these essential medicines and related reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services could save an estimated 6 million women and children by 2017. Two years on, the Commission’s recommendations have translated into specific measures to make affordable, effective medicines and health supplies available to the women and children who need them most.
Click here to go to the external website.