Diarrhea is one of the world’s leading killers of children and rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea. Every year, rotavirus kills approximately 200,000 children and hospitalizes hundreds of thousands more. This is despite the fact that safe, effective vaccines can protect children from rotavirus. While over 90 countries have introduced rotavirus in their national immunization programs, at least 77 million children still lack access.
The mission of the ROTA Council is to save lives and improve health by promoting the use of rotavirus vaccines as a part of a comprehensive approach to addressing diarrheal disease. Established in 2011, the ROTA Council is increasingly focused on accelerating the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in a range of low- and middle-income countries. The Council provides scientific and technical evidence-based information to policymakers to help them make informed decisions on accelerating rotavirus vaccine introduction.
What We Do
- Effectively communicate evidence to policymakers and other key decisions makers on the toll of rotavirus and the impact of vaccines.
- Work with regional and in-country champions who can help communicate about, and raise awareness of, the rotavirus disease burden and potential impact of vaccines in reducing that burden.
- Strengthen partnerships across the diarrheal disease community to build support for rotavirus vaccine introduction and ensure that vaccines are seen as part of a comprehensive approach to addressing all of diarrhea’s causes.
- Proactively engage media to encourage and inform coverage of the rotavirus burden and the potential of vaccines.
- Support decision-making at the country, regional and global levels by providing evidence to accelerate the introduction of rotavirus vaccines