Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Vaccination is better than cure

Although it does not sound threatening, diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of infant mortality in the world. The EU-funded STOPENTERICS project is developing innovative vaccines against two of the most common pathogens behind this neglected disease.

Neglected infectious diseases exact a heavy toll on the globe’s poorest citizens in developing countries. Diarrhoeal diseases are the second leading cause of mortality worldwide in children under the age of five. Each year there are around 600 000 deaths due to severe, dehydrating diarrhoea and dysentery. Millions more are hospitalised, while untold numbers of children suffer from diarrhoeal disease-associated malnutrition and its adverse effects on physical and cognitive development, which perpetuate the cycle of poverty with serious social and economic consequences.

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