Worldwide, most people are unaware of the severity of major issues in child health, such as pneumonia, the number one killer of children under age 5 around the globe. To combat this lack of understanding, the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia (GCCP) was formed and the first World Pneumonia Day was launched in November 2009 to raise pneumonia awareness. In just three years, World Pneumonia Day has earned international recognition among health leaders, medical professionals, journalists, activists and community advocates as the day for the world to collectively raise its voice and take action on behalf of the millions of children who die from pneumonia each year.
To help support creative and lasting advocacy activities, the Small Grants for World Pneumonia Day Advocacy Program was established to provide funding to low and lower-middle-income countries around the world, where pneumonia hits the hardest. A small grant supports activities and events aimed at increasing awareness, urgency and action on childhood pneumonia and related child killers like diarrhea on or around World Pneumonia Day, November 12, and throughout the year.
Major strides in pneumonia awareness, prevention and control have been made, but more work still needs to be done. The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is pleased to administer the Small Grants for World Pneumonia Day Advocacy Program.
This year’s Small Grant winners are well underway with their work to raise awareness and fight child pneumonia. Projects are underway in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Haiti, India, Nigeria, Philippines and Zambia. Read more about the 2012 Small Grantees and their advocacy efforts.
For the 2011 Small Grants Program, 24 organizations working in 14 countries were awarded grants. Their inspiring efforts served to raise awareness about the fight against childhood pneumonia in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Moldova, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda and Zambia. Read more about the 2011 Small Grantees and their accomplishments.
To find out more about small grantees’ and other successful advocacy and awareness-raising events in the past, please see our World Pneumonia Day reports:
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