The Parliamentary Assembly is concerned that diarrhoeal diseases account for an unacceptably high proportion of child illness and mortality globally, killing 760 000 children in 2011 alone.
Although child deaths have plummeted by nearly half since 1990 due to investments in global heath and development, diarrhoea still claims the lives of 1,800 children every day.
The factors contributing to the risk of dying from diarrhoea are rooted in poverty and lack of access to basic services such as health, education and water and sanitation. More effective and lasting solutions may be found in integrated, cross sector programmes. Integrated approaches deliver a range of interventions that address multiple needs through coordination across a variety of sectors and with participation of all relevant stakeholders to achieve common goals.
The delivery of health programmes in the developing world would be more effective and provide more lasting solutions if WASH and vaccine programmes were delivered together and the agencies that deliver these programmes worked more closely together.
A commitment to existing, effective and affordable solutions for diarrhoeal disease will save the lives of more than half a million more children each year.
Therefore, the Parliamentary should identify the potential for delivering WASH and vaccination programmes together to tackle diarrhoea mortality and illness in low-income countries and propose clear recommendations on: