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World Pneumonia Day – World Pneumonia Day is marked every year on 12 November. It was established in 2009 to raise awareness of pneumonia, and to advocate for global action to prevent, diagnose and treat this deadly illness. Every child deserves to access life-saving vaccinations, oxygen and antibiotics to stop the world’s leading infectious killer and put an end to the devastating consequences caused by pneumonia.

Join us on World Pneumonia Day to keep this promise and help to #StopPneumonia #EveryBreathCounts

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Global Forum – The first Global Forum on Child Pneumonia will be taking place on 29-31 January 2020 at CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, Spain. Nine organisations – ISGlobal, Save the Children, UNICEF, Every Breath Counts, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “la Caixa” Foundation, USAID, Unitaid and Gavi – will be joining forces to address one of the greatest and gravest health challenges facing children around the world. It’s a major opportunity to ensure that pneumonia is at the forefront of national and global health agendas.

By 2030, pneumonia will kill 11 million more children unless the world takes decisive action now.

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Latest posts
  • In early 2015, Nepal became one of the first countries in Southeast Asia to introduce pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) nationwide. But the path to this pioneering decision was long and often uncertain. We now know that Nepal, like much of Southeast Asia, bears a significant...

  • Despite global progress in fighting some of the deadliest diseases, including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, progress in combating one common infection — pneumonia — has been much slower. Even with the tools and resources we must defeat it: pneumonia remains the leading infectious killer of children under the age of five. In 2016 alone, pneumonia killed more than 800,000 children.

  • Every day, preventable deaths occur because of a lack of medical oxygen. Medical oxygen treats a wide range of critical conditions – premature infants in respiratory distress, mothers with obstetric emergencies, children suffering from pneumonia. Globally, pneumonia is the leading cause of death for children...

Latest news
  • Report finds inequity may slow progress in preventing child pneumonia and diarrhea deaths. Authors at the International Vaccine Access Center call on the global community to collect better data and target communities of greatest need. A new report finds health systems are falling woefully short of ensuring the...

  • Many of the leading causes of severe pneumonia, including both bacteria (pneumococcus, Haemophilus influenzae type b) and viruses (influenza, pertussis and measles), are vaccine preventable. World Immunization Week (WIW) 2018 will be celebrated globally from April 24-30 and vaccines against childhood pneumonia are a great example of this year's theme, "Protected Together #VaccinesWork".

  • New Appendix to the 2017 IVAC Pneumonia & Diarrhea Progress Report features expanded results/methods, financing strategies, and partner features from Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Results for Development (R4D), and Lions Club International Foundation. 

We all have a role to play in ending preventable child pneumonia deaths by 2030

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