India launches war against a virus that kills over 100,000 kids every year

This article originally appeared in Quartz India on March 28, 2016. This month, hundreds of thousands of children will get access to rotavirus vaccines in India with the start of a national introduction that marks Asia’s largest to date. But over 90 million children around the world still lack access—including hundreds of thousands of children here in Nepal. Read More …

Scourge of Rotavirus, Ways to Stop it

This commentary, authored by Drs. Laxman Shrestha and Mathuram Santosham, originally appeared in The Himalayan Times on March 28, 2016. This month, hundreds of thousands of children will get access to rotavirus vaccines in India with the start of a national introduction that marks Asia’s largest to date. But over 90 million children around the world still Read More …

5 ways to stop 200,000 child deaths

This commentary, authored by Dr. Mathuram Santosham, originally appeared in Devex on March 9, 2016. This month, hundreds of thousands of children will get access to rotavirus vaccines in India with the start of a national introduction that marks Asia’s largest to date. But over 90 million children around the world still lack access. Despite the Read More …

Announcing 2016 Active Member Committee

While a total of nearly 80 countries worldwide have introduced rotavirus vaccines into their national immunization program, over 90 million infants still lack access—70% of the world’s infants. The ROTA Council recognizes the urgency of the task of rolling out rotavirus vaccine so that all the world’s children are protected. Since the ROTA Council’s establishment Read More …

Rotavirus vaccines in Asia: Challenges and opportunities for accelerating national introductions

Join ROTA Council members, pediatricians, nurses, technical experts, and policy-makers for a symposium on the challenges and opportunities for accelerating national introduction of rotavirus vaccines in Asia. The session will be held in conjunction with the 15th Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics (APCP), 53rd Annual Conference of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (PEDICON), and 4th Asia Read More …

Vaccinate Against Rotavirus

This commentary, authored by Drs. Mathuram Santosham, Zulkifli Ismail, and Lee Way Seah, originally appeared in The Star on September 17, 2015. From Kuala Lumpur to New York, global leaders are gathering this month to discuss the future of health and development. Critical to achieving the health goals launched at the UN General Assembly will Read More …

Accelerating Rotavirus Vaccines in Asia: ASVAC Session Summary

The ROTA Council convened representatives* from countries across Asia and beyond at the 5th Asian Vaccine Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam on June 14, 2015 to discuss challenges to rotavirus vaccine introduction in their respective countries, lessons learned from the Philippines—which has introduced rotavirus vaccines regionally—and ways to accelerate the introduction of rotavirus vaccines across Asia. Read More …

For Rotavirus, Prevention is the Best Medicine

This commentary originally appeared in Global Health Now. World Immunization Week provides a moment to reflect on the tremendous progress in reducing one of the world’s leading killers of children—diarrhea. While oral rehydration solution has significantly reduced diarrheal disease mortality since its adoption in 1978, diarrhea continues to be a major cause of childhood illness and death Read More …