Join Citizen News Service (CNS) for a webinar with experts on how we can end preventable deaths from pneumonia and keep promises we made for delivering on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
1pm-2pm Geneva Time (7am-8am EST),
(Please check www.timeanddate.com for your local time.)
- The world’s leading infectious killer of children under the age of 5 years is pneumonia. Pneumonia, a common respiratory illness, also has potentially serious outcomes for the elderly.
- According to Stop Pneumonia, the most vulnerable children are in poor and rural communities, underlining the need to improve equitable access to high quality care, diagnostics, and treatment for all children.
- Pneumonia is preventable. Governments have committed to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, one of which (SDG 3.2) promises to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age by 2030. We will fail to deliver on SDGs if we forget pneumonia.
- The WHO and UNICEF have laid out a strategy in the Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD).
- Controlling childhood pneumonia requires an integrated package of interventions to protect, prevent, and treat the disease. Fortunately, many of the interventions targeted at pneumonia also help control other childhood diseases, like diarrhea, and should be part of a comprehensive approach to child survival.
- For more information please visit StopPneumonia.org/Issues
This webinar is intended for CNS Correspondents and journalists from other online and print media from Asian and African nations.
Panel of Experts
- Dr. Steve Graham – Senior Principal Research Fellow, Burnet Institute, Australia; and also with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
- Dr. Kate O’Brien – Executive Director and Professor, International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Audrey M Battu – Director, Essential Medicines, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
- Dr. Ajay Mishra – Director and Head of Paediatrics, Nelson Hospital, India
- Ashok Ramsarup – Award winning senior journalist from Durban, South Africa; formerly Program Producer, SABC Lotus FM
- Shobha Shukla – CNS Managing Editor and lead author of 2011 childhood pneumonia report in English, Hindi, Urdu
After the event, a video recording of the entire webinar will be available on the CNS YouTube channel.