Progress With the Implementation of Rotavirus Surveillance and Vaccines in Countries of the WHO African Region, 2007–2016

This article, published in the Weekly Epidemiological Record, summarizes progress made in rotavirus vaccine implementation in Africa following the World Health Organization's (WHO's) 2009 recommendation for routine childhood rotavirus vaccination in all countries worldwide. As of December 2016, 31 of 47 (66 percent) countries in the WHO African Region had introduced rotavirus vaccination into their national schedules, with an overall coverage of 77 percent for the full series of rotavirus vaccinations. In 12 countries with available data before and after rotavirus vaccine introduction, the proportion of childhood diarrhea hospitalizations that were rotavirus-positive declined 33 percent, from 39 percent to 26 percent. These results support introduction of rotavirus vaccine in the remaining countries in the WHO African region and the continuation of rotavirus surveillance to monitor impact.

Author: Mwenda JM, Burke RM, Shaba K, et al.

Published: 2017

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Also known as: Progrès dans la mise en œuvre de la surveillance des rotavirus et des vaccins dans les pays de la Région africaine de l’OMS, 2007-2016

Resource types: Newsletter/article

Diseases/vaccines: Rotavirus

Topics: Introduction and service delivery, Disease burden and surveillance, Vaccine safety and performance, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Africa