It’s disturbing to Rohit Ramchandani that he can find a bottle of Coca-Cola in the most remote parts of the world — yet he can’t always find medicine to save a child’s life.
In 2010, the University of Waterloo graduate joined ColaLife, an independent, non-profit organization that has launched an inventive program that gets medicine to children at risk because of dehydration caused by diarrhea.
After pneumonia, diarrhea is the second-leading cause of death for children under five worldwide. About 836,000 children under five die every year from diarrhea.
“And that’s a condition that can be easily treated with two simple medicines,” Ramchandani says.