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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Rotavirus Vaccines – Balancing Intussusception Risks and Health Benefits

This commentary, authored by Dr. Roger Glass and Dr. Umesh Parashar, was originally posted on The New England Journal of Medicine on January 14, 2014. In January 2006, the Journal published two landmark articles reporting the safety and efficacy of two different vaccines — RotaTeq (Merck), a pentavalent vaccine (RV5) and Rotarix (GlaxoSmithKline), a monovalent vaccine (RV1) — to prevent Read More …