Reports Released, Campaign Launched On World Pneumonia Day Highlight Progress, Challenges To Ending Preventable Child Deaths

The following summaries discuss news, data, and campaigns related to World Pneumonia Day, recognized annually on November 12.

International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: New Report Highlights Gains In Child Survival, But There’s Still Work To Be Done To Address Leading Killers
“The 2015 Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report: Sustainable Progress in the Post-2015 Era … documents the progress of the 15 countries experiencing the greatest burden of pneumonia and diarrhea. … Vaccine introductions and scale ups, promotion of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life, increasing access to appropriate pneumonia treatment, and ensuring sustainability for the post-2015 agenda are all required to put an end to these preventable diseases…” (11/12).

U.N. Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children: World Pneumonia Day — November 12
“…The U.N. Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is supporting ‘Every Breath Counts,’ a new global pneumonia advocacy campaign spearheaded by UNICEF in partnership with Speak Up Africa. The campaign is being launched on World Pneumonia Day 2015 and aims to galvanize donor interest in pneumonia, raise popular awareness of pneumonia, and to increase appropriate care seeking by families…” (11/12).

Humanosphere: Progress against pneumonia lags behind other childhood killers
Nancy Fullman, a policy translation specialist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), discusses data on pneumonia among children worldwide, concluding, “In order to [end preventable child deaths by 2030], policymakers, program leaders, and development partners will need to hone in on what’s hindering further progress against pneumonia and substantially push the pace in tackling this deadly disease” (11/12).

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