On behalf of The Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW), College of Medicine, University of Malawi together with the University of Liverpool, Center for Global Vaccine Research, Institute of Infection & Global Health, we cordially invite you to the 11th African Rotavirus Symposium to be held in Lilongwe, Malawi, 28th – 30th May 2017. This is a regional event organized by the African Rotavirus Surveillance Network (AFRSN) - a regional network of institutions and Ministries of Health conducting research/surveillance on diarrhea diseases in children supported mainly by WHO and partners. The symposium is possible through the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH, ROTA Council, CDC and other sponsors.


The African Rotavirus Network (ARN) was established in 1998 to determine the rotavirus burden of disease, to elucidate the diversity of strains on the continent and to increase awareness about rotavirus in Africa. To achieve this objective, it has been crucial to share ideas, expertise and learning across organizations and countries and a rotavirus symposium was organized for this purpose. The symposium has enabled rotavirus scientists, clinicians, policy-makers and health officials to share ideas, expertise and learning across organizations and countries. This 11th Rotavirus Symposium comes at an important time, as 80 countries worldwide, including 32 in Africa, have introduced rotavirus vaccines. The growing in-country experiences on vaccine introduction and scientific endeavors that continue to grow on the continent have been encouraging and this year’s symposium affords us an opportunity for garnering momentum to ensure that every child is reached with rotavirus vaccines.


          Key Symposium Objectives


. Review research and share global epidemiological trends on rotavirus


. Share practical experiences and impact and safety data on rotavirus vaccine Introduction in African countries


 .Enable networking for research, academia and career growth among rotavirus researchers and program implementers


 .Review and shape agenda for research /surveillance on other diarrhea pathogens.







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