Washington Post, May 2013

A three-year, multi-country study designed to give researchers and public health officials a clearer picture of diarrheal disease burden found rotavirus to be the most common cause, followed by Cryptosporidium, Escherichia coli, and Shigella.

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RotaFlash, May 2013

A Phase III trial of a new rotavirus vaccine candidate from India demonstrates safety and efficacy. Additionally, a new study shows that rotavirus is the #1 cause of moderate-to-severe diarrhea in children less than two years old, underscoring the need for rotavirus vaccines.

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Huffington Post, April 2013

David Winder, Chief Executive of WaterAid, notes that problems like unsafe drinking water, lack of sanitation, and poor hygiene are exacerbated by a lack of education about their health impact. He cites the new Global Action Plan against Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) as an ecnouraging example of increasing coordination and partnership that is designed to tackle the problems in locally-specific ways.

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Rotaflash, April 2013

Following an announcement on April 27, Haiti will become the fifth and final GAVI-eligible country in the Americas region to introduce rotavirus vaccination, with support from the GAVI Alliance. Vaccines offer great promise to slash childhood deaths due to rotavirus, which claims 2,200 Haitian children each year—accounting for nearly half of all under-five diarrheal deaths in Haiti.

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The Guardian, April 2013

In highlighting the Integrated Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea and accompanying scientific articles in the Lancet, the Guardian notes the coordinated effort required to apply a variety of interventions, from clean water to antibiotics to vaccines, to achieve the greatest impact on child health.

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UNICEF, April 2013

The newly launched Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) calls for closer integration of efforts to prevent and treat these two diseases and sets ambitious targets to reduce child deaths and increase access to life-saving interventions.

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RotaFlash, March 2013

Mexico’s Ministry of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have just released data that shows signficant reduction in rates of diarrheal disease across all regions of Mexico after the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine.

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RotaFlash, February 2012

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a new rotavirus vaccine position paper that reaffirms its global recommendation and clarifies the relaxation of age restrictions.

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The Medical News, January 2013

A new study found that the prevalence of rotavirus in US adults declined by almost 50% during the peak seasons in 2008-2010, suggesting that routine rotavirus vaccination among children is indirectly protecting unvaccinated adults.

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IRIN, January 2013

Targeting areas known as "cholera hotbeds" could be key to reaching the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by half the number of people worldwide who lack access to safe water, according to aid groups.

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