Every Breath Counts in Nigeria: A coalition to accelerate reductions in child pneumonia deaths

Every Breath Counts in Nigeria: A coalition to accelerate reductions in child pneumonia deaths

Article published in Pediatric Pulmonology

Nigeria Minister of State for Health unveils world’s first pneumonia control strategy at the Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia, January 2020

Read how the Every Breath Counts Coalition supported the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health to develop a Pneumonia Control Strategy between January 2019 and 2020. Coalition members including USAID, the Nigerian offices of Dalberg, Save the Children, UNICEF and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) joined forces to support the process.

The strategy development process generated several key lessons:

  1. The pneumonia control strategy development process elevated the status of childhood pneumonia as a key public health challenge in Nigeria.
  2. The process to develop the pneumonia control strategy enhanced cross-sectoral and inter-ministerial collaboration across all levels of government in Nigeria.
  3. The experience in Nigeria highlights the importance of taking a data‐driven approach that puts the most vulnerable populations of children first.

If successful, the Nigerian pneumonia control strategy could become a blueprint for other countries struggling with heavy burdens of child pneumonia deaths to achieve the GAPPD target and strengthen integrated newborn and child health policies and programmes.

Read the full article that appeared in Pediatric Pulmonology, 2020;1–3 here

Authors: Greenslade L, Ahmar S, Inyang E, Warren S, Oluseyi O.