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On a Mission

When IV therapy isn't practical or available, 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 DripDrop ORS can save lives. Our founder, Dr. Eduardo Dolhun, invented DripDrop ORS while on a mission to defeat dehydration. Today, we continue that mission by providing our life-saving formula to the people who need it most.

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Impact Areas

Humanitarian Aid

2020/ In partnership with the Foundation For International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) we provided clinical care and relief from widespread dehydration associated with infectious disease to many living below the poverty line.

USA Wildfires


The National Interagency Fire Center reported that U.S. wildfires burned 10.27 million acres in 2020 – the highest yearly total on record. For wildland firefighters, carrying 50lbs of equipment while battling flames as hot as 1,472℉, dehydration is a critical safety concern.

After years of driving DripDrop ORS from our California office to active fires, we began a long-term partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to distribute it to volunteer firefighters across the US. In 2020, we shipped over 200,000 sticks to crews in need of dehydration relief fast.

USA COVID Response


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 ORS 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.

The Dominican Republic


More than 40% of Dominicans live below the poverty line, which lends itself to an extremely low standard of health. Infectious disease is prevalent and chronic non-communicable diseases are on the rise. Associated dehydration is frequent and widespread.

For our 2nd mission trip with our partner, The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, Team DripDrop traveled to Project Restauracion. They taught community classes on the use of oral rehydration therapy and provided clinical care, both door-to-door and at health clinics.

2019/ DripDrop begins a sustainable partnership with International Medical Corps to deliver DripDrop ORS to humanitarian disaster sites worldwide.



More than 40% of rural Ugandans live in abject poverty and the country is in the top 10 for HIV prevalence, creating a complex health situation. Malaria and other tropical diseases, of which dehydration is a symptom, are major, ongoing health concerns.

In 2019, Dr. Dolhun began volunteering at FIMRC Project Sites. He brought along fellow DripDrop team members and product. They performed consultations and provided effective dehydration treatment to this community combating deadly, daily dehydration from ongoing health crises.



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 ORS 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 ORS 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.

USA Wildfires


The Kincade Fire was the largest fire of 2019 in California, burning 77,758 acres in Sonoma County. Firefighters can lose up to one gallon of sweat per hour while battling active fires, and this one lasted 13 days.

Our team personally distributed over 20,000 sticks of DripDrop ORS to hotshot and strike crews fighting this blaze. Because dehydration compromises mental acuity and physical performance, DripDrop ORS helped ensure that these highly skilled heroes could function at peak levels.

The Bahamas


Hurricane Dorian was a devastating Category 5 hurricane, regarded as the worst natural disaster in Bahama’s recorded history. The flood limited access to toilets, clean water and medications, and increased the transmission of water-borne and infectious diseases. As a result, tens of thousands of Bahamians were at risk of dehydration.

DripDrop collaborated with Bethenny Frankel’s BStrong initiative and the Global Empowerment Mission to transport pallets of DripDrop ORS to the suffering Bahamian community, including first responders, makeshift camps, and hospitals.

DR Congo


An Ebola outbreak in the North Kivu province became the second-largest in recorded history. Ebola symptoms cause extreme gastric distress, including diarrhea and vomiting, which rapidly deplete the body of vital water and electrolytes. Dehydration, in turn, can amplify inflammation and contribute to bleeding that many Ebola patients experience. Here, dehydration can be deadly.

In 2019, DripDrop began a long-term partnership with International Medical Corps to respond to the Ebola crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo. 55,000 sticks of DripDrop ORS (and counting) have helped both patients and aid workers fight deadly dehydration here. These efforts have saved lives during the 2018-2020 North Kivu outbreak and the ongoing Équateur outbreak.

Costa Rica


In developing countries, dehydration due to parasitic water and infectious disease causes up to 80% of diarrhoeal fatalities. And poor access to resources and healthcare increase the severity of dehydration within these areas.

On our first mission trip with the Foundation For International Medical Relief of Children FIMRC, our team traveled to Project Alajuelita, Costa Rica. There, we treated dehydration in a community of displaced and impoverished Nicaraguan refugees and provided instruction on oral rehydration therapy.

2018/ After one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire seasons in California history, DripDrop establishes Firefighters as our 3rd official mission impact area. We later partnered with the Nation Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to get DripDrop ORS to crews across the nation.



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 ORS sticks to patients suffering from Cholera-induced dehydration.

California, USA


The 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record in California. Firefighters exert an extraordinary amount of energy when responding to wildfires, and dehydration is a very serious threat to their health and safety.

We packed our cars full of DripDrop ORS and set out to provide dehydration relief to firefighters selflessly combating the flames in our home state - the grassroots beginnings of a strategic initiative for our company. We met with crews and hand-delivered sticks to those fighting the Carr Fire, Holy Fire, Mendocino Complex Fire, and many others.

2017/ ORS ranks as the 5th most needed item in emergency response. In 2017, DripDrop ORS was administered during the initial response wave and throughout the ongoing cleanup efforts in multiple natural disasters both at home and abroad.

Texas, USA


Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coastline hard. In the aftermath, The National Guard and volunteers leading the cleanup efforts faced the dangers of dehydration due to long days doing physically demanding work while battling high temperatures and direct sun exposure.

Dr. Dolhun and the DripDrop team traveled from San Antonio to Rockport, TX, administering DripDrop ORS from a FEMA disaster site and leaving enough DripDrop ORS behind to provide dehydration relief for the months of painstaking cleanup ahead.

South Africa


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 ORS 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.

2016/ A team of relief workers led by Dr. Dolhun provided critical medical aid and DripDrop ORS to adults and children in the Syrian refugee community in the Mediterranean.



The Syrian Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean displaced over 2.7 million people. Refugees began living in camps along the Greek coastline. The lack of food and water on their long journeys, combined with the Mediterranean sun, quickly led to widespread dehydration and associated complications.

Dr. Dolhun and a team of relief workers traveled to four camps in Greece. They provided critical medical aid and oral rehydration therapy with DripDrop ORS to adults and children in the refugee community suffering from dehydration due to infectious diarrhea, heat, and lack of food and water.



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 ORS to children suffering from dehydration in the improvised pediatric wards.

2015/ Dr. Dolhun led a team of volunteers to Nepal, using DripDrop ORS to treat adults and children suffering from severe dehydration after a devastating earthquake.



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 ORS — a solution that can be administered in almost any conditions.

2014/ DripDrop ORS is distributed in Uganda to combat high mortality rates associated with cholera outbreaks and subsequent dehydration due to diarrhea.

Uganda & Malawi


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 ORS. 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.

2013/ Dr. Dolhun treats Super Typhoon Haiyan survivors severely dehydrated from cholera with DripDrop ORS. The favorable taste helped kids keep down this life-saving solution.



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 ORS. The favorable taste helped kids keep down this life-saving solution, allowing it to work.

2010/ The first formulation of DripDrop ORS is used by first responders, including inventor Dr. Dolhun, to treat life-threatening dehydration in Haiti during a relief mission.



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 ORS 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.



A magnitude 7.0 earthquake left the community of Haiti in despair. Over 3 million people were affected, leaving the already poor country without power and exposed to dehydration risk due to high temperatures and lack of access to water.

Three days after the earthquake, Dr. Dolhun was one of the first responders to arrive in Haiti. He equipped other first responders providing aid with the first formulation of DripDrop ORS and instructed them on how to diagnose and treat dehydration using this life-saving solution.