Today, the Rwandan Ministry of Health announced that they will introduce a new rotavirus vaccine nationwide. Rwanda is the fourth country in Africa and the 32nd worldwide to do so.
Diarrhea causes approximately 23 percent of child deaths in Rwanda and the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine is expected to force these numbers down dramatically. The Sabin Vaccine Institute applauds the Rwandan Ministry of Health taking this important step to prevent childhood mortality.
"Once again, Rwanda has demonstrated tremendous leadership in the fight against the leading childhood killers," said Dr. Ciro de Quadros, executive vice president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Co-chair of the Rotavirus Organization of Technical Allies (ROTA Council). "They have set an example for other countries on the African continent -- and throughout the world -- to follow."
Read more about the Rwandan government’s efforts to combat diarrheal deaths.