Ending diarrheal deaths

Diarrhea sickens and kills more children than virtually any other illness. The Rotavirus Organization of Technical Allies (ROTA) Council is working to change this.
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Vaccine Introduction Maps

Find the latest maps of countries that have introduced rotavirus vaccine nationally and sub-nationally.

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Vaccine Impact

Significant declines in hospitalizations and deaths due to rotavirus and all-cause diarrhea have been observed in many countries using rotavirus vaccines.

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Advocacy Toolkit

Advocacy is critical to transforming evidence into action. We provide downloadable presentation materials, factsheets, guides for media engagement, and more.

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 What We Care About

Tremendous progress has been made in addressing morbidity and mortality from rotavirus disease. But more work is needed to reach all children who need rotavirus vaccines—particularly those living in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia. That’s where we focus.

Our Goal: to accelerate the introduction of rotavirus vaccines through the use of evidence and strategic communications, targeting policymakers and other key decisions makers.

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Rotavirus Disease

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea. Learn about clinical aspects, prevention, treatment, and the global burden.

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Vaccine Evidence

Vaccination is the best way to prevent rotavirus disease. A growing body of evidence shows health and economic impacts.

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Vaccine Introduction

Find the latest introduction maps, country case studies, and preliminary information on vaccine financing to help governments begin planning.

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01.24.18

Congress of Union of National African Paediatric Societies and Associations

UNAPSA will convene Abuja, Nigeria

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News

Philippines Save the Date

Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines 25th Annual Convention February 23, 2018 | 12:00-1:00pm Crown Plaza Manila, Philippines At this conference, ROTA Cuncil will be hosting several sessions focusing on the epidemiology and the burden of rotavirus...

5 Reasons the Global Gap in Rotavirus Vaccine Access is Shrinking

Mathuram Santosham, the chair of Rotacouncil, produced this piece originally for inpatient optimists.org. When I started my career in the 1970’s, I saw children die every day from severe diarrheal disease. Today, diarrhea is still responsible for half a million deaths...

December 2017 Progress Update

Dear Colleagues,
90 million children around the world lack access to rotavirus vaccine and may needlessly suffer, be hospitalized or even die from this common childhood infection. Yet I feel hopeful.
Since the start of 2017, access has expanded to millions more children, particularly in South Asia where phased rollouts are ongoing in India and Pakistan.
Looking across Asia, many more will soon have access. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal all plan to introduce the vaccine in 2018 or 2019, and other countries have expressed interest.
In Africa, progress also continues: two of the largest countries, Nigeria and DRC, among other nations, also plan to begin introductions in 2018­2019. Read more about recent news and progress below.
Sincerely,
Mathu