About the Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia

FINAL DECLARATION – from The Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia, 29-31 January 2020, Barcelona, Spain  Read the Final Declaration
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Pneumonia is the single biggest infectious killer of children, claiming over 800,000 lives annually. Yet pneumonia remains a neglected disease both nationally and globally.

The Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia is a major opportunity to ensure that pneumonia is at the forefront of national and global health agendas; galvanise national action, and mobilise the donor community to increase awareness of the scale of the pneumonia challenge.

ISGlobal, Save the Children, UNICEF, Every Breath Counts, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ”la Caixa” Foundation, USAID, Unitaid and Gavi have joined forces to address one of the greatest and gravest health challenges facing children around the world.

As the world’s first conference on childhood pneumonia – taking place on 29-31 January 2020 at CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, Spain – the Global Forum sets out to agree practical pathways that governments and their partners can take to meet the Sustainable Development Goal on child survival and the Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD) target of three child pneumonia deaths per 1,000 live births.

This is not a forum for reflection, but a call to action to deliver concrete measures with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of children’s lives.

We are convinced that a breakthrough on pneumonia is within reach.

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Participation for this event is by invitation only. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news and updates. 


200 people have added their signatures to the Final Declaration made at the first Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia, held in Barcelona, January 2020.

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FIGHTING FOR BREATH: The Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia. DAY 1View video
FIGHTING FOR BREATH: The Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia. DAY 2View video


Global Forum outcomes: here
A snapshot through photos: here
Reflections of the Forum: interview
World’s first NigeriaPneumonia Control Strategy: here


PRESS RELEASE – 9 million children could die in a decade unless the world acts on pneumonia  Download

BRIEFING – Tackling pneumonia could avert almost 9 million child deaths this decade Download

BROCHURE – Every Child’s Right to Survive: An Agenda to end Pneumonia Deaths. Download

EDITORIAL – We’re not fighting hard enough against the top killer of children. Here

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES – find out who was presenting at the Forum
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CONCEPT NOTE – an overview of the Forum: why it’s needed: where and when it’s taking place and the expected outcomes. Download

FORUM AGENDA – the full Forum agenda for 29-31 January 2020
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Materials in Spanish; Concept note in French

About childhood pneumonia

Almost all of the deaths from childhood pneumonia are readily preventable through vaccination and treatable with low-cost antibiotics and oxygen. Still, the death toll continues. The poorest children are most at risk because of high rates of malnutrition, low vaccine coverage and limited access to correct diagnosis and timely treatment. With the movements to strengthen primary healthcare and achieve universal health coverage gathering pace, now is the time to accelerate efforts to end preventable child pneumonia deaths.

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

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