09.03.14 to 09.05.14
New Delhi, India

Yesterday, in New Delhi, India, the Eleventh International Rotavirus Symposium opened, commemorating thirty years of research, development and distribution of vaccines against

Eleventh International Rotavirus Symposium Held in New Delhi, India

New Delhi, India — September 3, 2014 — The Eleventh International Rotavirus Symposium today began just two months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Government of India would provide a rotavirus vaccine to all Indian children, and weeks before the highly anticipated UN General Assembly’s 69th opening session, which will assess progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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

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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.

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