New vaccine to protect children from diarrhoea in Kiribati

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Children on the Pacific island of Kiribati will be better protected from a potentially killer virus following the introduction of a new vaccine. File Photo: UNICEF

Children on the Pacific island of Kiribati will be better protected from a potentially killer virus following the introduction of a new vaccine, according to the UN.

The small island nation is one of the first countries in the Pacific to roll out the rotavirus vaccine.

Ana Carmo reports.

In the past five years Kiribati has experienced repeated diarrhoea outbreaks.

Many have been caused by rotavirus, the most common cause of severe diarrhoea among infants and young children.

Children have been hospitalized and some under the age of five have died.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), which is supporting the roll-out of the vaccine, said it will help to reduce the number of children in Kiribati dying from preventable illness.

The Pacific island nation is 133rd out of 187 countries on the UN's human development index.

Ana Carmo, United Nations

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