Rotavirus Advocacy Activities

Each year, rotavirus kills nearly half a million children and hospitalizes millions more.  Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrheal hospitalizations and deaths among children worldwide.  Development of a rotavirus vaccine has been a global health priority for many years, and with two vaccines currently on the market and several more under development, the promise of prevention is now becoming reality in several parts of the world.

Today, the Rwandan Ministry of Health announced that they will introduce a new rotavirus vaccine nationwide.

Today Ghana is doing something that no other country in Africa has ever done.

In developing countries, over half a million children die from rotavirus every year and two million more are severely sickened or hospitalized, making rotavirus the leading cause of diarrhea deaths and illness worldwide.

Tomorrow over 200 million people in over 100 countries will celebrate Global Handwashing Day.

Recently there has been a great deal of good news for children suffering from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Sabin Executive Vice-President, Ciro de Quadros, M.D., M.P.H., recently co-authored two new papers that will appear this month in the Strüngmann Forum Report entitled, "Disease Eradication in the 21st Century: Implications for Global Health.” The 

Since the rotavirus vaccine was introduced in 2007, diarrhea-related deaths among Mexican children under the age of 5 have been cut nearly in half.

The 9th International Rotavirus Symposium brought together 365 participants from 65 countries from August 2-3, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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