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.

Meet the Council

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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International Rotavirus Symposium

The next IRS will be in Minsk, Belarus

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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.

Opportunities for Expanding Vaccine Access in Asia Pacific Region

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...

September 2017 Progress Update

Dear ROTA Council members, partners, and supporters, I am excited to welcome a new member of our Council. Dr. Fredrick Were, dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Nairobi, is known for his passionate advocacy for childhood immunization and his...