Oral rehydration salts and zinc treatment to reduce diarrhea-related deaths in India

A multi-year grant by CIFF to reduce childhood diarrhea through public-sector provision of oral rehydration salts (ORS) and Zinc in Bihar, India.

Oral rehydration salts and zinc treatment to reduce diarrhea-related deaths in India

Micronutrient Initiative (MI) collaborated with the Government of Bihar to implement The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) supported project Reducing Childhood Diarrhea through Sustainable Use of Zinc and Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) in Bihar. The project aimed to increase the coverage of Zinc and Low-osmolarity ORS for the treatment of childhood diarrhea and improve compliance to the recommended course of treatment by the caregivers through public health service delivery channels in the state. One of the key components is to develop demand and ensure treatment compliance of zinc and ORS by the caregivers.

In 2012, the program had the following results:

  • Training of around 50,000 health care providers;
  • Distribution of hundreds of thousands of zinc/ORS combination kits (combi-packs);
  • Reported treatment of more than 500,000 children for diarrhea;
  • A 93% treatment rate (with both zinc and ORS) of reported cases of children under five years of age


  • Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) - duplicate

    United Kingdom | Staff size: 51-100

    The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation, headquartered in London with offices in Nairobi and New Delhi....

  • Nutrition International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    The Micronutrient Initiative (MI) is dedicated to ensuring that the world's most vulnerable-especially women and children in developing countries-get the vitamins and minerals they need to...

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Key Information

LocationIndia, South Asia
  • Start Date 2010
  • End Date 2015
  • Sectors