Vaccination of children against rotavirus and pneumococcal pneumonia, is a priority to reduce infant mortality in developing countries. To achieve this, the GAVI Alliance has just announced its entry into 34 new countries including 24 in Africa. An important step in the fight against diarrhea in particular.
Developing countries are increasingly likely to seek financial support to GAVI Alliance for the implementation of their immunization policies. Today, 34 new countries are able to access the development of both vaccines. 16 countries will introduce the rotavirus vaccine, and 18 other anti-pneumococcal.
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea in children under 5. Each year it kills more than a half million babies in the world, including about half in Africa. Pneumococcal pneumonia, it is the most common cause of pneumonia, meningitis and septicemia. Nearly half a million children die each year, mostly in Africa and Asia. “These vaccines will help prevent the deaths of millions of children due to the two biggest killers such as diarrhea and pneumonia,” said Anthony Lake, Director of UNICEF.
Their introduction into a rapidly developing sound public health. For proof, “before the introduction of these vaccines in Mexico in 2006, half of child deaths was directly attributable to rotavirus diarrhea in children. Today the country has managed to reduce by 46% the number of deaths “due to these infections, said the GAVI Alliance. With its partners, it plans to vaccinate by 2015 about 90 million children against pneumococcus and 50 million against rotavirus.
To go further, see the list of countries benefiting from the development of a vaccine funded by the GAVI Alliance.