World Pneumonia Day Event: The Life-Saving Vaccine the World Has Never Heard of….

World Pneumonia Day Event: The Life-Saving Vaccine the World Has Never Heard of….

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Worldwide, pneumonia takes the lives of more young children than any other disease – more than 100 every hour of every day. The single biggest cause of fatal pneumonia in childhood is preventable with a vaccine. On November 7th, the International Vaccine Access Center, in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, will host a panel in light of the upcoming World Pneumonia Day (Nov. 12) and a recent National Geographic feature story on the crucial need for vaccine access around the world.

The panel will feature child health experts, advocates and researchers to discuss the successes, and remaining hurdles, towards achieving full protection against vaccine-preventable pneumonia and other diseases for the world’s most vulnerable children. Reception and refreshments to follow.

Panelists include:

  • Cynthia Gorney, (University of California, Berkeley, National Geographic) – moderator
  • Dr. Samir Saha, (Head of Microbiology Department at the Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Bangladesh and Executive Director of the Child Health Research Foundation, Bangladesh),
  • Dr. Cynthia Whitney, (Chief of Respiratory Diseases Branch, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, US Centers for Disease Control)
  • Dr. Keith Klugman, (Director for Pneumonia, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
  • Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, (Nigeria Director, International Vaccine Access Center)
  • Martha Rebour, (Executive Director, Shot@Life, United Nations Foundation)

This event is open to all non-ASTMH affiliates.

Please RSVP here (registration opens on Wednesday, November 1st)


Can’t attend in person? No problem!

Livestream will be available here.

Please submit questions for discussion to @Stop_Pneumonia via Twitter.



Email for more information.

More on this month’s National Geographic Feature:

The highlighted National Geographic article offers an introduction to the history of the PCV and the global efforts currently being undertaken to make the vaccines accessible to all children, featuring input from Dr. Orin Levine, Director of Vaccine Delivery at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Katherine O’Brien, Director of the International Vaccine Access Center, and Dr. Samir Saha, Director of the Child Health Research Foundation.

Read the article here.