The Sabin Vaccine Institute has been a leader in global health and vaccine advocacy community for many years.

Just weeks ago, Tanzania became the 8th country in Africa to make rotavirus vaccination part of its childhood immunization program.

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.

Vaccine Advocacy & Education

The Vaccine Advocacy and Education program at Sabin is dedicated to reducing the burden of preventable diseases by bringing together key stakeholders and leaders in government, private sector and civil society in order to foster cooperation, share information and best practices, and develop improved vaccine policy and access.

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

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.

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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