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.
200 people have added their signatures to the Final Declaration made at the first Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia, held in Barcelona, January 2020.
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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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.
Good data is critical to equitably improve access to medical oxygen. But there is a paucity of data on oxygen availability in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This is a call to action to fill the data gaps and ensure every breath counts.
Dr Shajib Hossain from the WHO office in Somalia describes how the country has used the WHO's COVID-19 Biomedical Equipment Inventory Tool for designated COVID-19 treatment facilities. The data generated was used to procure oxygen in ways that will strengthen the Somali health system for the long term.
Expansion of "pneumonia-fighting” vaccines* during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond is critical. It will not only reduce the risk of increases in child pneumonia deaths from non-SARS-CoV-2 causes during the pandemic, but will also reduce the risk of adult co-infection with bacterial pneumonia and SARS-CoV-2, taking the pressure off already stressed health systems.
We all have a role to play in ending preventable child pneumonia deaths by 2030