The Zinc Task Force (ZTF) is a collaborative group of international organizations and academic institutions working towards the accelerated delivery of zinc and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) for the management of diarrhea in low-income countries.

New to the Zinc Task Force website is our “Ask an Expert” page. Visit this page to contact an expert for technical assistance on scaling-up zinc & ORS to treat diarrhea. You may also visit the Supply & Commodities page for a recently posted List of Zinc Suppliers.
Posted November 7, 2012

November 12th is World Pneumonia Day – a day when the world mobilizes against the #1 killer of children under 5. Visit to find a list of actions that you can take to support the fight against child pneumonia and help mark November 12 as World Pneumonia Day.
Posted November 1, 2012

“The UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children is announcing the release of their Commissioner’s Report. The press release and report can be found on the EWEC website here”.
Posted October 9, 2012

CORE group presents their second Webinar in a series on diarrhea – “Why Does Diarrhea Matter? Lessons from Countries”.Find more information and watch the webinar here.
Posted September 27, 2012

The Zinc Task Force (ZTF) is actively soliciting materials for posting on its website. If you would like to suggest materials for the website, we ask that you kindly fill out the Zinc Task Force Website Content Submission Form and email us both form and file at

Likewise, if you have any suggestions on how to improve the website, we would welcome your comments & suggestions. Please write to us at

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Why Zinc?

Zinc is essential for all living organisms. In children, zinc is vital for brain development, growth and the immune system. It can help protect the body from illnesses and to fight infections.

However, according to the World Health Organization, zinc deficiency is one of the leading risk factors associated with diseases such as diarrhea – 450,000 children under the age of five die from zinc deficiency each year.

Zinc, combined with oral rehydration therapy, to treat diarrhea in children can greatly reduce the severity and duration of an episode and reduce the chance of death.

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