Every Breath Counts Coalition Aims To End Preventable Child Pneumonia Deaths By 2030
HuffPost: Partnering to Fight Pneumonia, the ‘Forgotten Killer’ of Children
Carolyn S. Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, and colleagues
“…Thirty organizations are joining forces in a public-private partnership with an ambitious, measurable goal: to end preventable child pneumonia deaths by 2030. The Every Breath Counts Coalition will be announced at UNICEF headquarters in New York on November 3rd … in honor of World Pneumonia Day. … To stop children dying from pneumonia, the governments most affected will need to lead ambitious national efforts to mobilize attention and resources toward pneumonia prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, especially at [the] primary health care level. In addition to enhanced domestic resources, countries will also need to target a greater share of their foreign health aid to fighting pneumonia … Focused efforts in a sub-set of countries where children are most vulnerable are critical, as these countries will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals relating to child survival nor fulfill their obligations to the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health without a special push to reduce child pneumonia deaths. It’s time to bring together our collective efforts and support country government efforts to ensure that no child dies of a disease we know how to prevent, diagnose, and treat…” (10/31).