09.03.14 to 09.05.14
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Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea, one of the world’s leading killers of children.

Rotavirus

Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrheal hospitalizations and deaths among children worldwide, killing nearly half a million children under five each year. Two vaccines were recently introduced to the market, but their introduction in countries lags, as does awareness of the true burden of the disease. Since 2004, Sabin, in collaboration with various rotavirus stakeholders, has organized the International Rotavirus Symposium series to bring together scientists, policy makers and other key stakeholders in order to share knowledge and raise the profile of this deadly disease.

As part of his role as ROTA Council co-chair, Dr. Ciro de Quadros recently wrote an opinion piece for AllAfrica.com about a new study showing that rotavirus vaccines will have a powerful public health impact in developing countries.

How purchasing power can help prevent child deaths: lessons for Asia from the Americas

In an article published today on Reuters, Sabin Executive Vice President Dr. Ciro de Quadros and Tony Nelson of the ROTA Council describe how actions taken by Latin American countries to protect children from rotavirus, the leading cause of diarhea hospitalizations and deaths, could be used in other regions of the world severely impacted by this killer disease of children.
In a recent TED Talk, “Let's talk crap. Seriously.”, UK-based journalist Rose George discussed the significance of sanitation and the lack of access to toilets as a root for larger public health problems around the world.
Today, the WHO and UNICEF released The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD), an integrated and intensified effort to reduce deaths and illnesses from these diseases.

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