Gates Foundation Blog, January 2011

Remarkable news was recently announced, proving the real-world impact of vaccination in preventing rotavirus diarrhea, a common childhood disease that each year takes the lives of more than half a million children—mostly in developing countries—and results in the hospitalization of millions more worldwide.

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Al Jazeera English, January 2011

Save the Children has launched a campaign to mobilize funding for vaccines for the leading global killers of children: pneumonia and diarrhea.

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Rotavirus season in Bangladesh leads to a major increase in cases among infants and children, but interventions like rotavirus vaccines and oral rehydration therapy have the potential to save thousands of lives.

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Medical experts have warned that malaria and HIV have monopolized interventions geared towards curbing child mortality in Kenya, thus ignoring the equally deadly killer, diarrhea.This disease silently claims the lives of hundreds of children every year, including the son of Cecilia Njambi.

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Reuters, December 2010

A lack of toilets and poor hygiene practices in India cost Asia's third largest economy almost $54 billion every year, the World Bank said on Monday. Premature deaths, treatment for the sick, wasted time and productivity, as well as lost tourism revenues, are the main reasons for the high economic losses, the bank said in a report.

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The Huffington Post, December 2010

On December 17, ABC will launch a global health series. In this article, Richard Besser, M.D., ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor, recalls his first job in public health at the International Center of Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh. For his news story on 20/20, he returns to Dhaka, where there has been much progress in maternal and child mortality, but much more to be done.

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The New York Times, December 2010

Though the cholera epidemic in Haiti has received international attention, ordinary diarrheal diseases have been killing Haitians for years. In fact, diarrhea is the leading killler of children in the country. In his article, Josh Ruxin gives a nod to other countries who have controlled the spread of cholera with simple solutions like oral rehydration therapy and expresses the hope that the international community will help Haiti to do the same.

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A new vaccine which prevents the most deadly forms of pneumonia – the world’s number one killer of children – was introduced today in the routine immunisation programme of a developing country, paving the way to introductions in more than 40 developing countries with the support of the GAVI Alliance. “GAVI’s efforts in the next five years will significantly focus on tackling the two biggest childhood killers, pneumonia and diarrhoeal diseases,” said Helen Evans, interim CEO of the GAVI Alliance.

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Read about Nicaragua's introduction of the rotavirus vaccine here.

Washington Bangla Radio, December 2010

Communicable diseases, particularly diarrhoeal diseases, are rising at an alarming rate in India. This article outlines some shocking statistics about the impact of unsafe water and poor sanitation in the country, which is responsible for 88% of the 4 billion annual dirrhoeal diseases.

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Globe and Mail, December 2010

Rotavirus infection – the most common cause of diarrhea and vomiting in young children – has essentially disappeared from the United States since the introduction of an oral vaccination program in 2006. The success of the U.S. program increases pressure on Canadian provinces and territories to fund the rotavirus vaccine.

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