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.

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.

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