Accelerating access to rotavirus vaccines
A lifeline for children in the world’s poorest countries
Diarrhea is a leading killer of young children worldwide, and rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea. Each year, rotavirus kills more than 450,000 children younger than five years of age and hospitalizes millions more. Countries that have introduced rotavirus vaccines have experienced significant reductions in severe and fatal diarrhea, underscoring the incredible potential for rotavirus vaccines to improve child health and save lives.
PATH’s approach: Providing expertise, tools, and evidence to support rotavirus vaccine access and sustainability
PATH is working to accelerate access to rotavirus vaccines and sustain their implementation and use in countries where children need them most urgently by:
- Increasing awareness of the burden of rotavirus disease and demonstrating that rotavirus vaccines play an essential and lifesaving role in comprehensive diarrhea control strategies.
- Generating and disseminating information at the global and country level to help policymakers make informed, evidence-based decisions on the introduction, implementation, and sustained use of rotavirus vaccines.
- Conducting scientific studies to increase effectiveness of existing commercial rotavirus vaccines.
- Speeding the development of promising candidates into safe, effective, and affordable rotavirus vaccines.
PATH’s RotaFlash is an e-news alert that provides breaking scientific news and updates on progress made by PATH and partners toward increasing global access to vaccines against rotavirus, the leading cause of severe and fatal diarrhea in young children worldwide.
PATH rotavirus advocacy and communications toolkit
PATH has developed an advocacy and communications toolkit to increase awareness of the burden of rotavirus disease and the power of rotavirus vaccines to prevent childhood deaths and hospitalizations. View the advocacy and communications toolkit to access key messages, fact sheets, country introduction maps, and more!
Many of the resources in PATH’s rotavirus advocacy and communications toolkit have been translated into French [De nombreuses ressources dans la boîte à outils de PATH pour le plaidoyer et la communication ont été traduites en français.]