Rotavirus Vaccine Access and Delivery

RotaFlash issues 2013

December 16, 2013 | with French translation/avec traduction française

Burundi battles rotavirus with vaccines | Rollout of rotavirus vaccines across Africa continues

  • Coinciding with the start of its second annual Mother-Child Health Week, on December 16 Burundi became the 19th GAVI-eligible country and 13th country in Africa to introduce rotavirus vaccines into its national immunization program
  • Integrated diarrhea control strategies in Burundi
  • Accelerated rollout of rotavirus vaccines across Africa

November 27, 2013 

First in Lusaka then nationwide, Zambia rolls out rotavirus vaccines | Focus on integrated approaches for comprehensive diarrheal disease control

  • On November 27, 2013, Zambia celebrated the national scale-up of rotavirus vaccination following a successful pilot in Lusaka. Zambia is the 18th GAVI-eligible country and 12th country in Africa to introduce rotavirus vaccines into its national immunization program
  • Rotavirus diarrhea takes a heavy toll in Zambia
  • Foundation for Zambia’s national rotavirus vaccine introduction set by Lusaka pilot
  • Zambia prepares to host the 8th Annual African Rotavirus Symposium in June 2014

November 21, 2013

Unanticipated benefits of rotavirus vaccination in the United States | Reduction of rotavirus-related seizures and adult gastroenteritis hospitalizations

  • Rotavirus vaccines may reduce rotavirus-relatedseizures by 20% potentially saving US$7 million in health care costs
  • Reductions of adult gastroenteritis hospitalizations since start of infant rotavirus vaccination program

November 8, 2013

Rotavirus vaccines will help 2.8 million Ethiopian children live healthier lives | Celebration in Addis Ababa marks start of nationwide introduction

  • With the uplifting theme “Saving children’s lives through rota vaccines,” on November 7, 2013, Ethiopia became the 17th GAVI-eligible country and 11th African country to introduce vaccines against rotavirus—the leading cause of severe and deadly diarrhea in young children—into its national immunization program
  • Ethiopia’s rotavirus burden is among top five worldwide
  • Study shows rotavirus vaccines in Ethiopia will reduce deaths and household costs
  • PATH and Ethiopia: partners in immunization and beyond

November 1, 2013 | with French translation/avec traduction française

Burkina Faso takes on burden of diarrhea and pneumonia together | Dual vaccine launch follows success of MenAfriVac® introduction

  • On October 31, 2013, Burkina Faso became the 16th GAVI-eligible country and 10th African country to introduce rotavirus vaccines as well as the 33rd GAVI-eligible country to introduce pneumococcal vaccines into its national immunization program
  • High burden of pneumonia and diarrhea in Burkina Faso
  • Highlighting advocacy efforts of champion pediatricians in Burkina Faso
  • MenAfriVac® knocks out meningitis in Burkina Faso

October 2, 2013

Rotavirus vaccines = decrease in deaths, hospitalizations, and health care costs | Studies demonstrate public health and economic impact in diverse settings

  • Rotavirus hospitalizations plummet in urban and rural provinces in South Africa
  • Substantial drops in diarrhea deaths and hospitalizations seen across four Latin American countries
  • Australian territories experience significant declines in rotavirus and all-cause gastroenteritis hospitalizations
  • $187 million dollars saved in US health care costs after rotavirus vaccine implementation

August 15, 2013

Preventing rotavirus diarrhea in The Gambia | Fifteenth GAVI-eligible country to introduce rotavirus vaccines

  • On August 14, 2013, The Gambia became the 15th GAVI eligible country and 47th country worldwide to introduce lifesaving rotavirus vaccines into its national immunization program
  • Rotavirus is the leading cause of moderate to severe diarrhea in Gambian children
  • GAVI support for rotavirus vaccines in Africa

July 22, 2013

New US and Australian intussusception data: benefits of vaccination outweigh risks | CDC continues to recommend that all US infants receive rotavirus vaccine

  • Big public health impact; small increased risk of intussusception
  • GAVI’s support for intussusception monitoring and rotavirus impact studies

June 19, 2013

Bolivia’s bet on rotavirus vaccines pays off | Powerful evidence of vaccine effectiveness in lower income settings

  • Key questions about vaccine effectiveness answered
  • Study findings applicable to high child mortality settings in Africa and Asia

June 12, 2013

Rotavirus vaccines deliver powerful public health impacts in the United States | Benefits of vaccination extend beyond infants and young children

  • Rotavirus vaccination program in the U.S. yields fantastic health returns
  • Rotavirus vaccination of infants may also protect adults

May 14, 2013

GEMS study shows rotavirus is #1 cause of moderate-to-severe diarrhea in children under two years of age | New rotavirus vaccine developed in India reduced severe rotavirus diarrhea by more than half

  • Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS) underscores severe rotavirus burden in developing world
  • ROTAVAC® Phase 3 clinical trial demonstrates strong efficacy
  • Rotavirus vaccines are essential to comprehensive diarrhea-control strategies

April 29, 2013

Haiti introduces lifesaving rotavirus vaccines | Widespread use in Americas region has major impact on childhood deaths from diarrhea

  • On April 27, 2013, Haiti became the fifth and final GAVI-eligible country in the Americas region to introduce rotavirus vaccines, joining Bolivia, Guyana, Honduras, and Nicaragua, which were among the first GAVI countries to rollout this lifesaving intervention
  • Rollout of rotavirus vaccines across Latin America and the Caribbean demonstrates their power to save children’s lives

March 5, 2013

Mexico sees dramatic ~50% drop in diarrhea deaths across socioeconomic regions | Equitable distribution of rotavirus vaccines to all regions is primary factor

  • Rotavirus vaccines lead to substantial drops in diarrheal deaths in young Mexican children
  • Equitable vaccine delivery to all socioeconomic regions is vital to reducing deaths

February 4, 2013

WHO issues new rotavirus vaccines position paper | Recommendation to relax age restrictions for rotavirus vaccination clarified

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a new rotavirus vaccines position paper that reaffirms its recommendation that rotavirus vaccines should be included in all national immunization programs, especially in countries with high death rates, such as those in South and South-eastern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Rotavirus vaccines as part of comprehensive diarrheal disease control strategy
  • Relaxation of age restrictions clarified

January 15, 2013

Affordable rotavirus vaccines for middle income countries | UNICEF tender will vastly improve access and help accelerate uptake of new vaccines

  • In an effort to address inequitable access to new vaccines, UNICEF has announced a tender to establish affordable and sustainable supplies of rotavirus, pneumococcal conjugate, and human papillomavirus vaccines for middle income countries (MICs).
  • GAVI funding for rotavirus vaccines in MICs
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) “Revolving Fund” for vaccines and supplies
  • UNICEF’s hybrid procurement strategy


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