Dear ROTA Council members, partners, and supporters:

In June, the Council’s intussusception meeting report was published online in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, ahead of print. This paper stems from our June 2014 meeting held in Washington, D.C., and highlights scientific consensus around rotavirus vaccines and intussusception, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Addressing concerns around intussusception and voicing the consensus around the risks and benefits associated with rotavirus vaccines is critical, as we advocate for introductions in the countries where the vaccine is needed most.

Nigeria, one of the countries with the highest rotavirus mortality rates, received approval in July from Gavi for the rotavirus vaccine introduction plan. The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) had leveraged the work of a previous proposal that the ROTA Council helped to develop. This is a huge milestone with the potential to avert an additional 10,000 child deaths. The two-phased introduction is slated to begin January 2018 and July 2018.

Even more good news: Pakistan was approved by Gavi to introduce rotavirus vaccine, starting in one province later this year and nationwide in 2017. Also, I recently returned from Bangladesh, where I was delighted to hear from the health secretary that the country has reaffirmed their commitment to rotavirus vaccine introduction.

Additionally, Myanmar (Burma) has enjoyed media attention for its plans to introduce pneumococcal conjugate vaccines into the national immunization schedule. Building on the momentum, the National Committee for Immunization Practices (NCIP) has recommended introducing rotavirus vaccines as well—a pivotal step on the long road to implementation.

As always, if you have any information you’d like to share with the Council, please let us know and we will include it in the next update.

Best regards,

Mathuram Santosham
Chair, ROTA Council


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