When IV therapy isn't an option, dehydration can be life-threatening. At the edge of a wildfire, in a remote village, after a hurricane destroys local medical facilities—that's where we show up with DripDrop and save lives.Watch 2021 mission recap video
To increase ecosystem resilience, moderate wildfire behavior and support fire-dependent cultures, The Nature Conservancy conducts controlled burns and works with diverse networks of fire practitioners throughout much of the United States.
To support these efforts, DripDrop donated over 25,000 servings to The Nature Conservancy. We reached over 70 fire practitioners and their teams using their professional skills and experience to safely and effectively to maintain fire’s role where it benefits people and nature and help keep fire out of places where it is destructive. Learn more about TNC’s work here.
Devastating and prolonged drought in Zimbabwe means vulnerable communities are without safe drinking water. Here, cholera outbreaks and chronic diarrhea routinely result in life-threatening dehydration.
Our ongoing partnership with International Medical Corps allows us the opportunity to help decrease the staggering number of dehydration-related deaths. This year we distributed an additional 75,000 sticks of DripDrop to 134 health facilities in Zimbabwe.
As COVID-19 became a global health crisis, frontline healthcare workers were increasingly at risk for dehydration. Long hours exerting themselves to help others while wearing PPE meant few had time to properly hydrate.
Early in the pandemic, we partnered with Krucial Staffing to distribute 40,000 sticks of DripDrop to travel nurses volunteering to work in NYC. We also sent sticks to 250 hospitals across the country to help frontline medical heroes fight dehydration on the job.
In Malawi, nearly one out of every five children under five will die from diarrheal disease. Tragically, these diseases are preventable and treatable. ORS could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children here, which is why Dr. Dolhun has been bringing DripDrop to Malawi for years.
Dr. Dolhun returned to Malawi to support our long-term partnership with The Pebbles Project and Drink Malawi—both of which distribute DripDrop to treat dehydration. On this trip, he saw the improving dynamics and increased focus the community was now placing on live-saving oral rehydration therapy.
The cholera outbreak in Harare was declared a State of Emergency by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) of Zimbabwe. Poor waste disposal systems and broken sewers were blamed for the disease outbreak which induced widespread dehydration.
Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness that causes life-threatening dehydration and kills thousands of people worldwide each year. Partnering with Africare and the local medical community, Dr. Dolhun administered 2,400 DripDrop sticks to patients suffering from Cholera-induced dehydration.
The Imizamo Yethu fire in Cape Town destroyed hundreds of homes and displaced thousands of individuals. Wildfire-induced dehydration was a concern for both victims of the tragedy as well as first responder firefighters.
Dr. Dolhun provided DripDrop to displaced families and firefighters, beginning a long-term partnership with local healthcare teams in the Kayamandi township. Together with The Pebbles Project and Legacy Centre, DripDrop built a community-based program addressing locally-defined healthcare needs—emphasizing prevention and treatment of infectious diarrhea.
Ecuador was hit by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Over 700,000 people needed assistance after water, sanitation, and healthcare facilities were destroyed by the colossal impact, making dehydration a perilous issue for the community.
Dr. Dolhun traveled to Manta, Ecuador—the headquarters for the national response effort. His team met with the head of pediatrics at the local general hospital and administered DripDrop to children suffering from dehydration in the improvised pediatric wards.
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and leaving communities devastated. Severely limited access to clean drinking water combined with diseases such as dengue fever and malaria exposed the people of Nepal to widespread dehydration.
Dr. Dolhun led a team of volunteers to Kathmandu and surrounding areas. Traveling community by community, they identified adults and children suffering from severe dehydration and treated them with DripDrop — a solution that can be administered in almost any conditions.
23.8 million people living in Uganda don’t have clean water, making Cholera outbreaks, and subsequent dehydration due to diarrhea, a common occurrence. Every year, over 4,500 Ugandan children under the age of 5 die from diarrhea.
Dr. Dolhun traveled to local hospitals and clinics in Uganda and Malawi, introducing them to DripDrop. His visit (and the staggering statistics) inspired him to initiate a long term commitment to educating African communities on how to treat life-threatening dehydration.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, a Category 5 storm, devastated this archipelagic country. Fourteen million people were affected and infrastructure was destroyed. The resulting lack of access to clean water and poor sanitation created a breeding ground for cholera, whose severe vomiting and diarrhea can bring about life-threatening dehydration.
Dr. Dolhun and a small team of medical personnel arrived in Tacloban (the most densely populated city, which was 90% destroyed) 11 days after the storm surge. They treated hundreds of children for dehydration with DripDrop. The favorable taste helped kids keep down this life-saving solution, allowing it to work.
Pakistan experienced a heavy monsoon season that covered a fifth of the country in floodwater, killing nearly 2,000 people and severely decreasing access to potable water. Diarrheal illnesses that lead to dehydration spread quickly, especially among young children.
Dr. Dolhun and a small team of volunteers traveled to Pakistan to administer DripDrop to severely dehydrated children and infants. They taught distraught parents how to use ORS to treat their own children, equipping them with a life-saving tool.