Diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death in children under five years old -- approximately 760,000 deaths every year. Each episode deprives a child of the necessary nutrition to live and thrive -- play, go to school and grow.
In Canada, we may go into our local grocery store and find that our favourite crackers are temporarily out of stock but rarely do we experience an empty medicine supply. It is almost unimaginable. Not so in developing countries, like Guatemala.
Zinc helps children recover from diarrhea more quickly and the ORS helps replenish lost fluids. This can mean less time away from work for parents during a crucial income-earning time and less time missed at school for children.