Increase access to ORS and zinc for diarrhea treatment


SHOPS Plus four pronged approach to increase ORS and zinc use

SHOPS Plus implemented an evidence-based four-pronged child health approach to improve diarrhea treatment for children under 5. This approach included creating a favorable enabling environment by partnering with local authorities; increasing knowledge of and demand for oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc among private providers and caregivers; building the capacity of private drug shops, proprietary patent medicine vendors, and other private providers; and ensuring access to quality supplies of ORS and zinc through partnerships with local manufacturers.

The component focused on increasing availability and use of ORS and zinc in Benue and Kebbi states. The project used a community-based approach to promote ORS and zinc through mass media and interpersonal communications activities for women’s groups, faith-based leaders, and NGOs. The project was committed to strengthening the provision of private sector information, products, and services at the community and health facility levels, while increasing effective public-private engagement to improve overall child health outcomes.

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Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement (AID-OAA-A-15-00067) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This website is made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID. The information provided on this website is not official U.S. government information and does not represent the views or positions of USAID or the U.S. government.

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