Millions of Ethiopian children to be protected each year against leading cause of severe diarrhoea

A joint press release of the Ethiopia MoH, UNICEF, WHO, GAVI Alliance
November 7, 2013

Ethiopia will today begin protecting the 2.8 million children born in the country each year with a vaccine against rotavirus, which leads to severe, and often fatal, diarrhoea.

The country has one of the greatest burdens of rotavirus in the world, accounting for 6% of all rotavirus-related deaths globally. Ethiopia is the 17th country to introduce rotavirus vaccines with GAVI Alliance support.

“Few things in the world have a greater impact on public health than vaccines,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance. “Rotavirus vaccine offers the best hope for preventing the deadly dehydrating diarrhoea caused by this disease and preventing thousands of deaths of young children in Ethiopia.”

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