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.
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...
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.
Council member Tony Nelson and colleagues organized a rotavirus advocacy workshop at the 13th Congress of Asian Society for Pediatric Research on October 5, 2017. Speakers from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, and...