• Statistics

    • Each year, 4.5 billion people contract diarrhea worldwide. Of these, at least 1.8 million will die. 
    • 86% of acute gastrointestinal illnesses in Canadian cities involve diarrhea. 
    • The hospitalization costs for treating severe cases of diarrhea totaled more than $7.1 million in 2004-2005. 
    • Approximately 25% of people taking antibiotic medicines develop diarrhea. 
    • More than 21% of patients with severe diarrhea experienced medical complications. 
    • The Canadian over-the-counter retail sales for diarrhea remedies were $50 million in 2008. Between 2003 and 2008, this market nearly doubled in sales. 
    • In spite of the high mortality rates associated with diarrhea, research funding for this condition is very low – 10 times lower than funding for type 2 diabetes research.
    • Each year, 50 million people from developed countries succumb to traveler’s diarrhea.

Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health