World Pneumonia Day

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Why the World is Losing More Than 1 Million Children to Pneumonia Every Year

by: Leith Greenslade, Co-Chair, Child Health, MDG Health Alliance

Revolution, transformation, breakthrough, modernization, ingenuity, inspiration, invention, a.k.a. innovation.

This is what is so desperately needed to fight the leading killer of children under five and what we have been lacking for more than a decade. The last great innovation in childhood pneumonia was the introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in the United States in 2000. Since then, nothing much has changed in the way we prevent, diagnose and treat childhood pneumonia and this is one of the major reasons more than one million children are dying from pneumonia each year and the world is so off-track to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4. Without a revolution in the way we respond to childhood pneumonia and particularly in those parts of the world where deaths are concentrated, we cannot fundamentally advance the health of the world’s children.

The Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia announced today the theme of the 2013 World Pneumonia Day commemorations will be “Innovation”. In the days leading up to World Pneumonia Day, celebrated every year on November 12, advocates will call upon governments to invest more in the development of new diagnostics and treatments. This year’s activities will also focus on the clear link between pneumonia and diarrhoea, which was the theme of the recently published Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD).

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