The Pneumonia Newsletter             Issue #15 
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Countdown to November 12

World Pneumonia Day is fast approaching! T his year's theme is "Stop Pneumonia: Invest in Child Health." Participate in advocacy efforts to help spread the word, promote existing interventions and raise awareness through using the social media toolkit , using the hashtags #StopPneumonia, #WPD2017 and #ChildHealth.
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World Pneumonia Day 2017 Events

November 7th: "The Live-Saving Vaccine the World Has Never Heard of..." hosted by IVAC, National Geographic Magazine, and the Gates Foundation

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 and a recent National Geographic feature story on the crucial need for vaccine access around the world.

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 Foundati
Find event information here.
Can't make it? Watch the livestream here.

Please submit questions for panel discussion via Twitter to @Stop_Pneumonia

November 7th- 9th: Accelerating Access to Oxygen convening in Dubai 

PATH, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and global partners - the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and World Health Organization (WHO) - is hosting the A2O2: Accelerating Access to Oxygen, on November 7- 9 in Dubai. The convening will discuss best practices and challenges for ensuring consistent access to safe oxygen delivery (i.e., oxygen therapy with use of pulse oximetry). Stay tuned for takeaways and blog posts to follow up. 

November 9th: DefeatDD "State of the Field" report launches Chapter on the Integrated Approach 

On November 9th, ahead of both World Pneumonia Day and World Toilet Day, DefeatDD will begin to release its second state of the field report "Stop the Cycle of Diarrheal Diseases" chapter by chapter with the full report released on November 17th. The report will serve as an exciting resource to inform advocacy efforts to prevent diarrheal disease.

November 9th: CDC releases MMWR featuring World Pneumonia Day 

On November 9th, the CDC will release a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) dedicated to World Pneumonia Day.

New Resources

National Geographic: "Here's Why Vaccines Are So Crucial"

Photo by Daniel Williams for National Geographic Magazine
The National Geographic Magazine article, authored by Cynthia Gorney, 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 Dr. Samir Saha, Director of the Child Health Research Foundation, with input from Dr. Orin Levine, Director of Vaccine Delivery at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Katherine O'Brien, Director of the International Vaccine Access Center. 

IVAC 2017 Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report 

Released on November 1st, the 2017 Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report: Driving Progress through Equitable Investment and Action sheds some light on the factors slowing progress against the world's two biggest killers of young children. 

The Progress Report, issued by the  International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , provides an update on efforts to prevent and treat pneumonia and diarrhea in the most heavily burdened countries. This scorecard, released annually, finds that although countries are making progress in increasing coverage of vaccines and in reaching breastfeeding goals, treatment targets still seem far out of reach for most. Efforts to work and invest more strategically in all three areas - immunization, nutrition and treatment - are critical to meaningfully reducing the nearly 1.5 million childhood deaths that still occur each year as a result of pneumonia and diarrhea.

Save the Children "Fighting for Breath Report: A Call to Action on Child Pneumonia" and Country Briefings 

"The fight against pneumonia deaths is being lost - and children on the frontline are paying with their lives. Fighting for Breath turns a spotlight on the inequalities, policy failures and indifference holding back progress. It challenges governments, international agencies, private companies and non-governmental organizations to come together in a coalition committed to saving lives.

Collectively we have it in our power to save 5 million young lives over the next
15 years. This report, and 15 supportive country spotlights sets out how we can do it."

Healthline's "What Pneumonia Does to the Body" Tool 

Healthline's new interactive tool demonstrates the devastating effects pneumonia has on the entire body, not just the lungs. The tool's explanations of the potential harm of pneumonia gives us another reason of why we must continue to invest in #ChildHealth to reduce deaths from pneumonia and the overall disease burden.
Social Media Review

  @StopPneumonia: " 9 days to World Pneumonia Day! Participate in #WPD2017 by sharing social media from the toolkit.   @isaacgriberg"

@GaviSeth :"Pneumonia & diarrhea kill 1.5m kids/year, but we can scale up tools & save more lives  #vaccineswork  #StopPneumonia"

  @MelindaGates: " Thanks to the heroic efforts of these women, soon humanity will triumph over polio. #worldpolioday "

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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; p romote interventions to protect against, prevent and treat pneumonia; and g enerate action to combat pneumonia.

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