Pre-launch invitation sent to Diarrhoea Innovations Group members

Today we sent a pre-launch email invitation to all Diarrhoea Innovations Group (DIG) members inviting them to joint the ORS/Zinc Co-pack Alliance.

The text of the invitation was as follows:

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I’m writing to you as a fellow member of the no-longer active Diarrhoea Innovations Group (DIG) to invite you to become a founder member of the ORS/Zinc Co-pack Alliance (ORSZCA).
You can sign up here

ORSZCA is an informal global network advocating for the rapid uptake of the new WHO recommendation for the treatment of diarrhoea – co-packaged ORS and Zinc – which we (DIG) successfully lobbied for in 2019.

WHO and UNICEF first recommended the use of both ORS and Zinc for the treatment of diarrhoea in 2004. Today, 17 years later, less that 10% of child diarrhoea cases receive this treatment and diarrhoea remains the second biggest infectious killer of under-5 children, while at the same time being a significant contributor to stunting.

ORSZCA is being created to ensure that we do not see the same unacceptable delay in the uptake of the new co-packaging recommendation and make rapid progress lessening the severity of the tens of millions of diarrhoea episodes that occur among children each year and reduce the 500,000 preventable deaths.

By coming together as an alliance, we dramatically increase our chances of quickly making co-packaged ORS and Zinc the ‘go-to’ treatment for childhood diarrhoea.

Please join us: and forward this email to anyone who may also be interested in supporting this global effort.

You can also follow ORSZCA on Twitter @ORSZCA

Founder members of ORSZCA include individuals from (in alphabetical order):

  • ColaLife
  • JustActions
  • PATH
  • University of Witwatersrand

Thank you


Simon Berry
For the ORS/Zinc Co-pack Alliance (ORSCA)

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