29-31 January 2020, Barcelona, Spain at CosmoCaixa
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.
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.
The challenges in pneumonia diagnosis in low-resource settings have been well documented. The current method routinely used involves community health workers manually counting a child’s breath for one minute - the respiratory rate. This is often not done, or done poorly, frequently leading to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.
New Unitaid-funded initiative is a key step toward improving primary health care and reducing childhood mortality
Vaccination saves lives, especially in countries where access to healthcare is still a challenge. More than five million children in vulnerable areas of Africa and Latin America have been vaccinated since the launch, more than 10 years ago, of the Child Vaccination Programme.
We all have a role to play in ending preventable child pneumonia deaths by 2030