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Matching Fund partner ARK works to defeat rotavirus

Matching Fund partner ARK works to defeat rotavirus
ARK launches first comprehensive anti-diarrhoea programme in Zambia
Can every child be saved from the ravages of
rotavirus, a disease that causes diarrhea, which WHO
says kills more children globally than malaria, AIDS
and measles combined?

ARK has launched its own programme in Zambia, the
first comprehensive anti-diarrhoea initiative in subSaharan Africa, targeting rotavirus. The key is access

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A nimble and creative children’s organisation – one
that has partnered with the GAVI Matching Fund – is
intent on defeating this killer disease. Absolute Return
for Kids (ARK) has taken the first steps to ensure that
in Zambia, where diarrhoea ranges among the top
three childhood killers, appropriate treatment and lifesaving vaccines start making their way to children.

ANTI-DIARRHOEA INITIATIVE

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Carol Mutinta with daugher Jemima, who recently
recovered from severe diarrhoea, in Kaunda Square
Township, Lusaka, Zambia. Photo credit: ARK/Gareth
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to treatment, breast feeding and proper hygiene. Dubbed “The Programme for Awareness and Elimination of
Diarrhoea,” the programme is worth US$ 12.2 million, mobilising support from both public and private sector
actors.

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The funds will be used to vaccinate more than 750,000 Zambian children against rotavirus by 2015, train 560
new health workers and support community education programmes that help parents understand how to
prevent their children from falling victim to diarrhoea.

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Ultimately, ARK’s aim is to demonstrate a model that could be adopted nationwide by the national government
and, eventually, throughout Africa to create sustainable vaccine, treatment and educational programmes
favoured by GAVI.

THE MATCHING FUND
What’s more, ARK’s support for the GAVI Alliance through a US$
3.2 million (£2 million) contribution to the Matching Fund (doubled
by the British Government) is making a significant contribution to
the effort by ensuring that longer-term support for rotavirus
vaccination progammes throughout the continent. Just last year,
GAVI launched in Sudan the first rotavirus vaccine outside of Latin
America and is slated to introduce rotavirus in a dozen African
countries over the coming few years.

This programme shows it is
more than possible to
overcome the challenges of a
resource-constrained world by
working together more
effectively.
Charles Abani, Director, ARK
International

The ARK programme is supported in part by both the British Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, each of which also supports the GAVI Matching Fund. ARK has been working closely with the
Zambian Ministry of Health and the Centre for Infectious Disease Research, a local non-profit, to build capacity
for a national rollout of the rotavirus immunisation programme.

VACCINES
"ARK's hard work in Zambia will have a huge impact on tackling diarrhoea, one of the major killers of children
under the age of five in poor countries,” says Andrew Mitchell, British Secretary of State for International
Development. “Vaccinations are one of the best buys in development.”
GAVI has assisted the Government of Zambia in various capacities since 2002, with support for new and
underused vaccines (such as pentavalent), immunisation services, health system strengthening and injection
safety.
“This programme shows it is more than possible to overcome the challenges of a resource-constrained world

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by working together more effectively," says ARK International Director Charles Abani. “Preventable diseases
are just that - preventable. To be the generation that ends their toll on children's lives, we need to rapidly adopt
and scale-up new ways of working together.”

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