In the report, IVAC identifies the 15 countries with the greatest number of deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea among children under the age of five in a given year.IVAC then uses a scoring method based on the Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD) developed by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. A country's "GAPPD score" measures the use of interventions that protect against, prevent and treat pneumonia and diarrhea. The higher the score, the more interventions are being used.
Thereportfocuses on action and innovation. These can be found in new technologies and approaches, but also in new ways of providing services, innovative thinking in reaching communities with existing tools and new or improved applications to help move the needle of progress and shrink existing inequities.
Written by two of the world's foremost experts on pneumonia,
Kim Mulholland, MBBS, FRACP, MD, from Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and
Martin W. Weber, MD, PhD, from the World Health Organization, the book is set to become a standard reference on the subject.
Chapters explore childhood pneumonia, its prevention, treatment and public health control. Child health advocates would be particularly interested in the chapter on equity, an issue that makes their work all the more necessary.
Established in 2009, World Pneumonia Day is marked every year on November 12th to r
aise awareness about pneumonia, the world's leading infectious killer of children under the age of five; promote interventions to protect against, prevent and treat pneumonia; and generate action to combat pneumonia.