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RotaFliash, December 2013

Coinciding with the start of its second annual Mother-Child Health Week, Burundi became the 19th GAVI-eligible country and 13th country in Africa to introduce rotavirus vaccines into its national immunization program.

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RotaFlash, December 2013

In late November, Zambia expanded a pilot project that originated in Lusaka district, bringing rotavirus vaccines to children nationwide as part of an integrated program to prevent and treat childhood diarrhea.

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RotaFlash, November 2013

Two recent studies reveal unanticipated additional benefits from immunization against rotavirus in the US. The first study found that rotavirus vaccination may decrease the risk of rotavirus-related seizures, and the second confirms protection through herd immunity among older children and adults who have never been vaccinated.

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Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia, November 2013

The Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia calls for continued investment in innovations, proven tools, and an integrated approach to simultaneously tackle diarrhea, as outlined in the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea.

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RotaFlash, November 2013

Ethiopia has become the 11th African country to introduce vaccines against rotavirus. As Africa's second most populous country and one of five countries with the highest rotavirus burden worldwide, the vaccines stand to make a significant impact.

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RotaFlash, November 2013

On October 31, 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.

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RotaFlash, October 2013

Four studies in diverse settings demonstrate positive economic and health impact due to rotavirus vaccine introduction.

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UNICEF, September 2013

UNICEF has released the second report in the A Promise Renewed series, which tracks global progress on preventing child mortality. Some of the poorest countries have made the most progress, but there is still more to be done if the world is to keep its promise to children.

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Huffington Post, September 2013

As World Water Week 2013 is underway in Stockholm, Jan Eliasson, UN deputy secretary-general, calls for more conversation about overlooked, taboo topics like open defecation.

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GlobalPost, August 2013

In the largest study of diarrheal disease to date, researchers found that four pathogens are responsible for the majority of life-threatening diarrhea cases in developing countries. The second most common? The largely ignored parasite cryptosporidium.

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