WHO/Europe: National conference raises awareness and support for rotavirus vaccine introduction in Tajikistan

WHO - conference-rotavirus-tajikistan-2014According to the latest sentinel surveillance data, almost 40% of hospitalizations for diarrhoea among children under age 5 in Tajikistan is caused by rotavirus.

Introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in the country, planned for 2015, will significantly decrease morbidity and mortality caused by this disease.

To raise awareness and ensure broad support for the new vaccine, WHO and the Republican Immunoprophylaxis Center under the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population held a national conference on rotavirus vaccine introduction on 30 October 2014 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Participants represented various ministry departments, medical academia and partners, including the United Nations Children’s Fund  (UNICEF) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).

As teachers, medical practitioners, and decision-makers this group is considered to be particularly influential and important in terms of promoting vaccine uptake.

About Rotavirus disease

Rotaviruses are the most common cause of severe diarrhoeal disease in young children throughout the world, and WHO therefore recommends that rotavirus vaccines be included in all national immunization programmes.

With support from the GAVI Alliance, Tajikistan will be the fourteenth Member State in the WHO European Region to introduce rotavirus vaccine into its national immunization schedule

About WHO/Europe

World Health Organization (WHO) is the authority responsible for public health within the United Nations system. The WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) is one of WHO’s six regional offices around the world.

It serves the WHO European Region, which comprises 53 countries, covering a vast geographical region from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. WHO/Europe staff are public health, scientific and technical experts, based in the main office in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 3 technical centres and in country offices in 29 Member States.

Via WHO/Europe | National conference raises awareness and support for rotavirus vaccine introduction in Tajikistan

Date posted 13-11-2014

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