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September 14, 2016 By Dr. Kate O’Brien, Executive Director, International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) [caption id="attachment_8068" align="alignright" width="357"] Source: Riccardo Gangale/VectorWorks[/caption] Everyone may get 15 minutes of fame, however, for common illnesses such as pneumonia headlines are scarce. While Secretary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis is viewed by most through...

September 13, 2016 World Pneumonia Day is two months away! This annual day is held on November 12 to educate the public about pneumonia and its impact on the world. This day is dedicated as a reminder about how individuals, communities, and society can protect, prevent,...

[caption id="attachment_7987" align="aligncenter" width="471"] Source: Phil Hillyard/Courier Mail[/caption] August 19, 2016 By Lois Privor-Dumm, IMBA, International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) I, like many others, have watched the Olympics with a sense of excitement and awe this summer. Every four years, I find myself wondering how these athletes have...

By Anita Shet, MD, PhD, International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) The work of a pediatrician brings a certain joy that few other professions can claim. It is a joy that stems from nursing ill children back to health, from watching these spontaneous little beings blossom into...

This blog post originally appeared on the PATH Blog and is cross posted here with permission.  Mark Alderson won’t rest easy until he solves one of the biggest problems in global health: a vaccine against pneumonia. Photo: PATH/Doune Porter.Nearly a decade ago, I joined the fight against pneumonia....

  The Pneumonia Newsletter, a new resource for child health champions compiled by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), is now available. The goal: to connect advocates around the world who are fighting pneumonia, not just on World Pneumonia Day but year-round. The newsletter includes updates on pneumonia...

Up to 935,000 children are dying from pneumonia each year. Too many children are dying every day from pneumonia, when most of these deaths can be prevented. Pneumonia is the leading infectious killer of children under 5, and the vast majority of these deaths occur in...

This article originally appeared in Pneumonia and is cross posted here with permission. Keith Grimwood, Siew M. Fong, Mong H. Ooi, Anna M. Nathan and Anne B. Chang Abstract Improved access to healthcare, vaccines and treatment with antibiotics has reduced global mortality from childhood community-acquired pneumonia. However, as respiratory viruses are responsible for most episodes of pneumonia,...