SAVE THE DATE: 12-13th June 2014, 8th African Rotavirus Symposium Livingstone, Zambia

Theme:  Rotavirus Landscape in Africa – Towards Prevention and Control

 The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) and Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) in collaboration with the University Teaching Hospital, the Zambian Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health, and the Ministry of Health cordially invite you to the 8th African Rotavirus Symposium to be held in Livingstone, Zambia on 12-13th June 2014.

 This annual event is organised by the African Rotavirus Network (ARN) – a network of global rotavirus researchers, African Ministries of Health, WHO, and key partners such as UNICEF, GAVI Alliance, BMGF, PATH, the Pharmaceutical industry and other stakeholders.

 The ARN was established in 1998 to determine the rotavirus burden of disease, the strain diversity and to increase awareness about rotavirus in Africa. It established an annual symposium to enable rotavirus scientists, clinicians, policy-makers and health officials to share ideas, expertise and learning across organisations and countries. Now with the availability of safe and effective rotavirus vaccines – and GAVI funding for new vaccine introduction – the need to share rotavirus disease and prevention strategies in real-time is heightened. The growing in-country experience of vaccine introduction and scientific endeavour in Africa is encouraging; this 8th Symposium will provide opportunity to accelerate momentum.

8th African Rotavirus Symposium Objectives:

      1.  Review rotavirus research and share current global epidemiological trends;

      2.  Share experiences regarding introduction of rotavirus vaccines into the country EPI programmes; and

      3.  Enable networking for research, academia and career growth.

The symposium venue will be on the shores of the mighty Zambezi River overlooking Victoria Falls/Mosi-o-Tunya or the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ in Livingstone, Zambia.

Dates:    12-13th June 2014

Venue:  Zambezi Sun Hotel, Livingstone, Zambia

Contact: Monde Ndana

Mobile: +260 968 181063


 We offer a warm welcome to Zambia and for your participation in the 8th African Rotavirus Symposium.


Local Organising Committee International Scientific Committee
Roma Chilengi, CIDRZ Roma Chilengi, CIDRZ
Evans Mpabalwani, University Teaching Hospital, Zambia Evans Mpabalwani, University Teaching Hospital, Zambia
Penelope Kalesha, Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health, Zambia Jason Mwenda, WHO AFRO
Cheryl Rudd, CIDRZ Duncan Steele, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Bruce Bvulani, University Teaching Hospital Zambia George Armah, University of Ghana
Cheri Reid, CIDRZ Jeffrey Mphahlele, University of Limpopo, Medunsa campus, RSA
Samukeliso Dube, Absolute Return for Kids, RSA
Umesh Parashar, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Nicola Page, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, RSA

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 8th African Rotavirus Symposium, Livingstone, Zambia, 12 -13th June 2014

Theme: Rotavirus Landscape in Africa – Towards Prevention and Control

The 8th African Rotavirus Symposium is an exciting and critical opportunity for global experts, scientists in the field, policy-makers and African programme implementers to gather and share current data and experiences on rotavirus. With the WHO-sponsored African Rotavirus Surveillance Network coming of age after a decade of surveillance across the continent, and with 13 African countries now having introduced rotavirus immunisations in their routine programmes, there is a wealth of knowledge, results, and experiences worth sharing.

The 8th African Rotavirus Symposium, hosted in Livingstone, Zambia, will be a two-day event offering a rich mix of basic science findings, surveillance results, and immunisation programme experiences. This is a call for abstracts on relevant topics ranging from rotavirus disease burden and epidemiology in Africa; rotavirus surveillance and strain diversity since vaccine introduction; decision-making processes for vaccine introduction; cost effectiveness analyses; rotavirus vaccination programme impact; and clinic research.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

If you wish to participate as a presenter at the 8th African Rotavirus Symposium, please submit an abstract of your scientific paper, or a synthesis of recent research/programme findings for consideration. Special emphasis for plenary sessions will be on papers that demonstrate high quality and most insightful work.

  • Abstracts should include Title, Authors’ Names and Affiliations
  • Main body must be structured into Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion
  • Format must be Times New Roman 12
  • Keep to 300 word limit
  • Use only metric units for all measurements
  • Indicate your preference for an oral or poster presentation
  • Indicate your presentation category from choices below

Presentation Categories:

  • Burden & Epidemiology
  • Strain Diversity & Surveillance Results from African Countries
  • Vaccines Introduction and Impact Studies
  • Current and Future Vaccines
  • Global Perspectives with interest in Africa

To submit abstracts, Participants should complete using the attached document and email to

Submission Deadline: March 14th 2014  

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