A case for the introduction of a rotavirus vaccine in Papua New Guinea

Greenhill, Andrew, Danchin, Margaret, Pomat, William, and Horwood, Paul (2016) A case for the introduction of a rotavirus vaccine in Papua New Guinea. PNG Medical Journal, 59 (3-4). pp. 129-133.

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[Extract] It is widely recognized that improving child health remains one of the great challenges facing Papua New Guinea (PNG). The poor health outcomes of the nation's children are often cited; nonetheless, the statistics are worthy of reiteration. PNG has an infant (children less than 1 year old) mortality rate of 50/1000 live births, and a childhood mortality rate (aged <5 years) of 60/1000 live births. These figures are the worst in the Pacific, and equate to the death of approximately 13,000 children each year (1). Collectively, infectious diseases such as pneumonia, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoeal diseases, meningitis and HIV(human immunodeficiency virus) infection are leading causes of morbidity in PNG, and account for approximately half of all deaths (2). The burden of many of these infectious diseases, particularly pneumonia and diarrhoea, is greater in children than in adults.

Item ID: 65345
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 00031-1480
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2020 01:34
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
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