The Pneumonia Newsletter             Issue #12  
A resource for child health champions                Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

A Win for Oxygen

Earlier this month, a landmark decision by  the World Heal th Organization (WHO) was made to include a new indication for oxygen in its  Model List of Esse n tial Medicines and List of Essential Medicines for Children , identifying oxygen  as a med icine essential for the management of  hypoxemia. Hypoxemia, or dangerously low levels of oxygen in the blood, can sometimes be fatal without timely oxygen therapy. PATH's HO2PE campaign played a large role in advocating for this important decision. 

Providing oxygen would help those with hypoxemia breathe easier, thus reducing their severity and assisting with the healing process. Hypoxemia can result from conditions such as pneumonia, which is the leading cause of mortality in children under five. According to PATH, the WHO action could reduce child deaths from pneumonia by 35 percent annually in high-burden settings.

Stop Pneumonia Blog

Creativity and Animation Provide an Unconventional Way to Advocate for Pneumonia

Artists in Nigeria have focused their camera lenses on pneu monia-the country's leading  cause of death among children under age 5-in answer to a video contest launched on World Pneumonia Day 2016 (November 12) to raise awareness about the issue, proven solutions, and gaps in  resources. This Q&A blog series features the top three winners and their new perspectives on engaging in health advocacy.

Terver Malu, 2nd place winner, used animation to raise awareness of pneumonia and encourage families to prevent the disease with vaccines.

New Resources

End of Childhood

One quarter of the world's children are being denied the opportunity to have the childhoods they deserve and grow to their full potential, a new report from Save the Children revealed. Launched to coincide with International Children's Day, June 1, "Stolen Childhoods" has found that at least 700 million children worldwide have had the promise of a full childhood brought to an early end. The reasons vary from extreme violence and conflict, often driving families from their homes; early marriage and pregnancy; child labor; poor health; malnutrition and food insecurity; and not having the chance to go to school.


In March, The Global Handwashing Partnership published The State of Handwashing in 2016: Annual Review to look to learn more about handwashing and apply the latest evidence to programs in meaningful ways. In this summary, key themes and findings from 59 peer-reviewed handwashing-related research papers published in 2016 relevant to low and middle-income countries are examined.The review focuses on five key themes:
  1. benefits of handwashing with soap, 
  2. measuring handwashing compliance, 
  3. approaches to handwashing behavior, 
  4. determinants of handwashing with soap, and  
  5. measuring handwashing hardware efficacy.

In Case You Missed It

Progress on AMR

Global Diarrhoea Deaths Down by a Third
Researchers have found that the number of children dying worldwide of diarrhoea fell by a third between 2005 and 2015.

Looking for more?
You can check out previous issues online.

Tell a friend
Readers can sign-up for The Pneumonia Newsletter  by subscribing here. 

Get in touch 
We're always happy to hear from you. Send us a note here.

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.

To learn more, visit

Copyright © 2017 Stop Pneumonia, All rights reserved.