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"Run for the Runs" is BACK this Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend!
May 25-26, 2013 / Ottawa

Join MI and the Zinc Alliance for Child Health (ZACH) for its second annual “Run for the Runs” campaign. This cheeky initiative is meant to raise awareness of the devastating effects of diarrhoeal illness on the world´s children, and the simple way it can be treated with zinc.

Click HERE to join our “Run for the Runs” Team and participate by: running, cheering and/or spreading the word with our Outreach Crew. (Note: If you wish to run, you must sign up as a runner with the Ottawa Race Weekend HERE first.) The “Run for the Runs” Team will also be fundraising for Zinc Saves Kids. (Fundraising is not mandatory, but greatly appreciated.)

Forward this page to your colleagues, friends and family. Our “Run for the Runs” activities are an opportunity to contribute to a global child survival effort, while having loads of fun. The more the merrier!

Watch this short video clip of last year´s campaign and be inspired. 

Why The Runs?

Diarrhoea is one of the world´s leading causes of death in children under the age of five. Up to 1 million children die each year from diarrhoeal disease.

Even when children don´t die of diarrhoeal disease, each episode of diarrhoea (on average 5-7 bouts annually) leaves their young bodies weak and unable to fight off other dangerous infections. It´s a deadly cycle.

Why Zinc?

Treating diarrhoea with zinc supplements, in combination with oral rehydration salts (ORS), not only helps children get better faster, it can save their lives.

Learn more about zinc here!

Read more about MI´s work to treat diarrhoea with zinc:

What is the Zinc Alliance for Child Health (ZACH)?

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ZACH is a partnership that works to develop and sustain zinc treatment programs that will help save children´s lives. This public-private-civil society alliance is committed to reducing child deaths by accelerating the use of zinc supplements and oral rehydration salts to treat diarrhoea. Current partners in Canada are Teck, the Micronutrient Initiative and the Canadian International Development Agency.

Canada is leading efforts to scale up the use of zinc and ORS. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the international development organizations it supports (including MI) are global leaders in the prevention and treatment of diarrhoeal disease in children.