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 …

Bangladesh: Officials, Experts Agree on Urgent Need for Rotavirus Prevention

The world’s foremost experts on rotavirus recently gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh to discuss the country’s substantial disease burden, the expense associated with treatment and how to best support the introduction of rotavirus vaccines into the country’s national immunization program. Among the January 5 meeting attendees were government officials, immunization program officers and scientific experts.* The Read More …

Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report 2014

A new report from the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins University finds that despite major reductions in pneumonia and diarrhea deaths globally, progress has been slow in the highest-burden countries. The Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report evaluates the progress made by the fifteen highest-burden countries in implementing high-impact interventions from the Global Read More …

Fresh onslaught against ravaging rotavirus disease

This article originally appeared in The Guardian (Nigeria). The deadly Rotavirus has over the years ravaged Nigerian children unchecked. EMEKA ANUFORO of our Abuja Bureau writes on the cheery news that help is on the way as Nigeria finally announces plans to introduce a vaccine against the virus. ROTAVIRUS diarrhea is considered a big threat Read More …

Global Buzz for Rotavirus Vaccines

This post originally appeared on Impatient Optimists. By: Mathuram Santosham Heading to New Delhi, India recently for the Eleventh International Rotavirus Symposium, I knew that this meeting would be different. Over the past couple of years, notable advancements against rotavirus disease have occurred, including the development of a new indigenously developed vaccine in India, an enormous Read More …