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Oct 18, 2018
Jan 24, 2018 Ringing in 2018 with an exciting rotavirus vaccine milestone
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Sep 27, 2018
India has long been a leader in developing safe, effective, and affordable vaccines for the global market, so it should really come as no surprise that, for the second time this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has prequalified a new
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Jun 29, 2018
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe and fatal childhood diarrhea around the world. ROTAVAC®, a new low-cost rotavirus vaccine, was developed through an innovative and multisectoral global partnership.
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Apr 12, 2018
Australian virologist Professor Ruth Bishop, left, discovered rotavirus in 1973. Photo source: Murdoch Children's Research Institute website.   When I started working in rotavirus vaccine development and delivery at PATH five years ago, the
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Apr 10, 2018
This video series is an introduction to rotavirus and the journey of ROTAVAC, an India-made rotavirus vaccine produced in partnership with PATH.
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Mar 19, 2018
The ROTAVAC® story   The ROTAVAC® story began more than three decades ago in India, when researchers discovered an unusual strain of rotavirus that infected newborns without making them sick. Research teams working under the bilateral Indo-US
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Jan 24, 2018
Rotavirus vaccines are starting off the new year with a bang! Bharat Biotech just announced that ROTAVAC® has achieved prequalification by the World Health Organization (WHO), making it available for procurement by United Nations agencies and Gavi,
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Nov 16, 2017
Our team has made so many good friends this year at Sesame Workshop India, both of the human and Muppet variety. We celebrated World Water Day with Chamki and Googly, and now we’re gearing up for World Toilet Day with Raya, who is just as passionate
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Oct 25, 2017
On DefeatDD’s trip to India earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet with many dedicated colleagues working to reduce the toll of childhood diarrhea. As they guided our team through some of the communities most affected by a high burden of
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Oct 12, 2017
This post also appears on the Global Handwashing Day website.   I’m always impressed by the tireless dedication of community health volunteers, but I have to admit that Babli is my favorite I’ve met so far. She was just so… cool. I imagined myself
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Sep 26, 2017
Results from a Phase 3 efficacy study in India of the Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.’s rotavirus vaccine BRV-PV (known as ROTASIIL®) were published in the journal Vaccine. The study showed the vaccine to be safe, well tolerated, and to provide
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Sep 26, 2017
As results from a Phase 3 efficacy study in India of the Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd. (SIIPL)’s rotavirus vaccine BRV-PV (now known as ROTASIIL) are published in the journal Vaccine, I find myself reflecting on the great partnership that
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Sep 12, 2017
Organizations in India are working with children to break the cycle of diarrheal disease.
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Sep 12, 2017
I have yet to meet a child who did not want to be a grown up.   My four-year-old niece, Lily, loves sharing her expertise with her baby sister, Rosalie, on how to navigate the ways of the world. Fortunately for her mom, Lily is fastidious about
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Aug 24, 2017
I knew enough to know that Delhi would be unlike any other place I’d ever visited. I knew to expect heart-stopping auto rides, colorful chaos, seemingly impossible juxtapositions of gleaming office buildings and tattered tents, and delicious chai
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Aug 03, 2017
Ruchika with her daughters, Shyla and Sadhya.   Breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition and is a pillar of child survival. Despite that, in India, only 42 percent of babies are breastfed in the first hour of birth and only half are exclusively
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Jul 27, 2017
It's Boombah's birthday, but he has fallen sick with diarrhea. What's a muppet to do? ORS to the rescue!   Special thanks to Sesame Workshop and Gall Galli Sim Sim! http://www.galligallisimsim.com/
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Jul 10, 2017
When the floods came and privacy and safety were harder to find, the Kumar family decided to take out a loan and build a toilet instead This video won a Silver Telly Award in the Online category under Public Interest and Awareness!  of using nearby
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Jul 10, 2017
To stop the vicious cycle of malnutrition and diarrhea and subsequent lifelong impacts, we need to reach children early with a multifaceted approach, especially in the hardest to reach areas. These models of success in India are turning the tide.
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Jul 10, 2017
When children live in poor countries, their risk of diarrheal disease is much higher. Solutions to alleviate the burden exist, but we need greater awareness and action if we are going to protect children, families, and communities from the lifelong
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Jul 09, 2017
Earlier this year, the DefeatDD team journeyed to India to gather stories about the burden of diarrheal disease and the continued need for integrated approaches to prevent the vicious cycle of malnutrition, poverty, and poor health.   While the
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Apr 20, 2017
  Cristina Bicchieri, Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, was recently in New Delhi where, among other things, she conducted a session on understanding social norms for behavior change with
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Apr 05, 2017
After 25 years working for private sector companies in India, I decided to make a career shift. I joined the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) in 2013 to lead its recently-launched program in India to reduce child mortality due to
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Feb 21, 2017
The 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference is underway this week in Chennai, India, and there are several unresolved issues that need to be discussed, the most critical being the sewage that typically ends up staying inside poor urban
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Feb 08, 2017
It’s a story that many of us in India are hardened to: rural women talking about their children and the challenges they face in rearing them. A recent trip to one of north India’s poorest areas – the drought-hit Bundlekhand – both surprised and
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Jan 26, 2017
This post originally appeared on the Aga Khan Development Network Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative.   Gauri Behen is an Anganwadi worker* living in Nathej village in Gir Somnath district, India. She is a dalit and has three daughters; her
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Dec 28, 2016
If we have one gripe about social media, it’s that great content slips by too quickly. So please join us for one more look back over the year’s reader favorites before we say goodbye to 2016.   5. DefeatDD's new infographic on gut damage makes
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Nov 02, 2016
Neeraj Jain (immediate right of podium) at the launch Kaun Kitne Paani Mein, a film whose plot revolved around water scarcity in two villages, in 2015. The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Deputy Delhi Chief Minister Manish Sisodia are
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Sep 20, 2016
In the final battle against polio, India was often clubbed with Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  At the 12th International Rotavirus Symposium, it struck me that India is now clubbed with Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo
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Aug 12, 2016
Matching the new India country program leader's steps is not for the faint-hearted. Deep diving into PATH's global depth and breadth of work - he knows he is in the right place at the right time. He attributes his move from the private sector to the
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Mar 28, 2016
On March 26, 2016, India joined the growing number of countries that have introduced rotavirus vaccine into their national immunization programs. The Indian Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr. JP Nadda, launched the rotavirus vaccine through
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Jan 20, 2016
Dr. Rajiv Tandon, Senior Technical Advisor for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Nutrition based in PATH's New Delhi office and long-time advocate of public health and nutrition, will be speaking at the 53rd Annual Conference of Indian Academy
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Nov 19, 2015
A toilet as an aspiration? In countries where we take flushing for granted, this perspective might be hard to understand. But when family finances are so scarce that school fees, nutritious food, and even basic health care stretch income beyond its
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Oct 28, 2015
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions are key to preventing diarrheal diseases. Handwashing is an easy way to prevent diarrhea, but is not always practiced. How can we improve the practices of people in countries where diarrheal
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Oct 16, 2015
The New York Times, October 2015 "The greatest cost of stunting isn't stature but brain power," writes Nicholas Kristof in this op-ed. He covers a couple bold new theories for explaining India's struggle with malnutrition: the low status of women,
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Oct 07, 2015
On October 2nd, India celebrated its one year anniversary of the launch of the Clean India Mission. When I think about how the Government of India aligned Clean India Mission messages in all its flagship programs over the past year, especially in
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Sep 23, 2015
Every family across the world wants the best for their children.  But everyday dangers in their environment make diarrhea a common and serious threat: more than half a million children die from diarrhea each year, and millions more are hospitalized
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Aug 14, 2015
As part of the India Sanitation Coalition, WaterAid has been collaborating with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to enable and support an ecosystem for sustainable sanitation in line with the Clean India Campaign.
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Jun 29, 2015
This week, Save the Children India (SCI) will begin implementation of its nationwide Stop Diarrhoea Initiative. Officially launched in India in March with support from Reckitt Benckiser, this Initiative implements the WHO/UNICEF seven-point plan to
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Jun 25, 2015
The Financial Express, June 2015 The India Sanitation Coalition is a partnership among corporations, nonprofits, and the general public to help develop a sustainable way forward for the Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India). Read the full article 
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Jun 04, 2015
Gracy pictured here with her husband, Ramesh, and daughter, Ashira.   Gracy Gompana will very often not entertain a query unless you have your basic facts right. There is a reason for that. Having completed her Masters in Human Genetics she worked
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Apr 01, 2015
The 50 kilometer drive from Phnom Penh to Ponhea Leu, Kandal province took a good two hours, reminding me of similar roads in India. In Cambodia, on an assignment for Amplify Markets to support businesses providing WASH solutions to low income
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Feb 25, 2015
Kolkata, on the eastern part of India, has long been a public health hub. The city boasts of the School of Tropical Medicine, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), and the
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Feb 17, 2015
International Business Times, February 2015 New data published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that health workers in India often wrongfully prescribe antibiotics for simple cases of diarrhea, instead of oral rehydration solution and zinc, contributing to
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Feb 16, 2015
Thomson Reuters Foundation, February 2015 Despite impressive gains in other areas, India still lags behind in access to safe water and clean toilets. The national Swachh Bharat ("Clean India") campaign represents an unprecented opportunity to make
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Jan 26, 2015
Photo credit: Marco Betti, WaterAid. See more photos from DefeatDD's 2015 toilet calendar: "Oh, the places we go: Public health's humble hero"   Now that India has the political commitment at the highest level to strive towards an open defecation-
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Dec 22, 2014
  With two college-going children - pardon - adults in the house - it is difficult to recall them reaching their fifth year milestone. I still recall, though, the amazement that often came from friends and family in the larger cities of India (who
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Dec 11, 2014
The New York Times, December 2014 Drug-resistant "superbugs" are taking a deadly toll on an already troubling newborn survival rate in India. Bacteria spread through open defecation is a significant contributor to the problem. Read the full
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Nov 14, 2014
The New York Times, November 2014 In India, experts gathered for a conference entitled "Stop Stunting" to discuss the connection poor sanitation and malnutrition. The problem is exacerbated by open defecation in India; even if families have a
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Sep 24, 2014
As world leaders gather this week and next at the United Nations for the General Assembly, the focus will be on an ambitious post-2015 sustainable development agenda. The UN will continue to work with governments, civil society, and other partners
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Jun 12, 2014
  Dr. Desmond Chavasse, the Senior Vice President of Malaria and Child Survival for PSI's programs, recently traveled to Bihar, India to gain a deep understanding of PSI's largest market-based sanitation program, 3SI: Supporting Sustainable
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Apr 10, 2014
James Chauvin during a hike at Table Mountain, Cape Town (South Africa). Communications Officer Sushmita Malaviya interviews James Chauvin, President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations and Co-Chair of the 14th World Congress on
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Feb 19, 2014
  What appealed to you about joining PATH? I was a research scientist conducting large scale clinical trials mostly on vaccines. However, after the trial results were declared there was nothing more I could do in terms of advocacy, preparedness
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Oct 23, 2013
Kiersten at a mothers' group meeting  in Khiro block, district Rai Bareli in  Uttar Pradesh, India. Kiersten Israel-Ballard, Technical Officer for the Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Program from PATH's Seattle office was in India in September
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Sep 17, 2013
  Quest-driven, yet reticent, Vidya Sagar Uprety, Senior Program Officer, (Clinical Trials) of a rotavirus Phase III efficacy study, was always the school topper. From the calm and peaceful environs of the hill state of Uttarakhand, to the hustle
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Aug 07, 2013
  For the affable Dr. Tushar Tewari, PATH Team Leader of a rotavirus vaccine project, Eastern and Southern India have been his home as a medical student.  As a professional it has been Western and Northern India, thus, literally covering the
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May 14, 2013
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
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May 10, 2013
  Sometimes history is made at the ballot box, sometimes on a battlefield. Today it was made in a hotel ballroom. That is where I was able to witness an historic breakthrough as the Indian Government and Bharat Biotech announced positive results
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Jun 28, 2012
  Five years ago, when Mitesh Gupta was born in Badohi (Uttar Pradesh), his mother Malti says, he was just fine. Five months down, the boy began to have severe episodes of diarrhea. Seeing no respite in the boy's condition, she opted to bring him
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Apr 19, 2012
  In Mandwa and Anji villages, approximately 100 kilometers from Nagpur (Maharashtra, India), several families have taken to two simple practices. One, fixing plastic taps to the earthen pots in which they store drinking water and/or adding a few
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Feb 23, 2012
  As India announced in January 2012 that it has been polio free for a year, the bigger story that missed the headlines may have been the fact that the Indian States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar - which have long been the endemic states - have
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Dec 21, 2010
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
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Dec 14, 2010
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
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Aug 26, 2010
UNICEF, August 2010 Thousands of children in India die each year from diarrhea and its complications. But an estimated 88 per cent of global deaths from diarrhea are entirely preventable if simple treatment and basic health information can be
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Jul 01, 2010
USAID, June 2010 On June 29, 2010, Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator, spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. In his outline about how the President's Global Health Initiative will strengthen and integrate
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Jun 07, 2010
Treehugger, April 2010 A new report shows that more people in India have access to cell phones than to toilets: a fact which highlights the importance of education and implementation of sanitation projects. Basic sanitation is not only necessary,
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Oct 01, 2009
Washington Post, October 2009 Proper sanitation habits had been a hard sell in India until the "No Toilet, No Bride" campaign. The success of this marketing strategy is evidence of changing attitudes, both for personal hygiene and for women's
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Oct 01, 2009
The Times of India, October 2009 The new report launched by UNICEF and WHO, Diarrhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done, presents some sobering statistics on the diarrheal disease burden, especially for India. Thankfully, it also
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