We are slowly building a unique and valuable dataset on the status of ORS and Zinc around the world to raise awareness and generate interest in co-packaged ORS and Zinc. If you have 10 minutes to spare and are familiar with the status of ORS and/or Zinc in a particular country (or countries) please help us by completing a questionnaire on this in English or French. You do not have to know the answer to every question; our aim is to quickly gather insights from the information you have at your fingertips and between us we will build a complete picture.
This dataset seeks to answer the most frequently asked question, that no one can answer, which is “What is the current status of ORS and Zinc across LMICs?”:
- Which countries are using ORS/Zinc co-packs?
- Where does Zinc have “over the counter” status?
- Which countries have co-packaged ORS/Zinc on their Essential Medicines List?
- Co-pack brands, pricing and so on
Please head over the English questionnaire or the French one now or pass this to a friend.
ORSZCA applauds the clarification made last week by the Global Financing Facility (GFF) to their Reclaim the Gains campaign endorsing the importance of Zinc together with ORS in the treatment of diarrhoea.
Reclaim the Gains stands out as being the most significant current global initiative aimed at improving access to diarrhoea treatment. It is essential that such a significant effort is inline with the current WHO and UNICEF treatment recommendations.
Over the last 3 months ORSZCA has been engaged in a positive and productive dialogue with GFF which has resulted in their reference to “oral rehydration treatment” being amended to “oral rehydration solution and zinc treatment”. This simple change could save hundreds of thousands more young lives.
This important, top level clarification leaves the question open as to how the global community might ensure that children receive both ORS and Zinc in practice. All the available evidence seems to point to co-packaging as the best way to ensure this. Please see: Is co-packaging of ORS and Zinc important?