© PATH/2011/Candace Rosen
A few years ago, Armenia was divided over whether to introduce rotavirus vaccine into its national immunisation programme. PATH, an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) and a member of GAVI’s Accelerated Vaccine Introduction initiative, worked with a local NGO, the Armenian Center for Protection of Public Health and Social Rights, to provide decision-makers with the tools and evidence needed to assess the value and potential benefits of rotavirus vaccines for Armenian children.
Armed with regional and country-specific data about the burden of rotavirus disease, as well as detailed information about the safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of rotavirus vaccines, Armenian health officials were able to make an informed decision about the appropriateness of rotavirus vaccine for their country. Armenia has since applied for rotavirus vaccine support from GAVI and plans to introduce the vaccine in late 2012.