WHO: Rotavirus surveillance network requires additional resources

  • July 30, 2014

Nearly half of WHO’s Global Rotavirus Surveillance Network sites met 2008 criteria for documenting disease presence and describing disease epidemiology, but only slightly more than one-third of countries in the network had introduced rotavirus vaccine nationwide, according to a recent MMWR report.

To evaluate surveillance network performance during 2011 and 2012, WHO administered questionnaires to obtain country-level expert and Ministry of Health staff opinions on the value of surveillance data; reviewed laboratory networks and data management systems; evaluated use of rotavirus surveillance data; and conducted an internal review of WHO activities and funding distribution.

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