The Pneumonia Newsletter               Issue #6  
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Week of World Pneumonia Day

IVAC Releases the 2016 Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report

Today, in advance of  World Pneumonia Day (Nov. 12), the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) is pleased to release the  2016 Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report: Reaching Goals Through Action and Innovation.  This is the seventh annual Progress Report, but the first in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, which follow the Millennium Development Goals that ended in 2015. 
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.
The  report  focuses 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.


Launch Event Today

IVAC will launch the progress report via a live webcast event titled,  World Pneumonia Day: Keeping Child Health on the Global Agenda, with experts commenting on the findings from the report and innovations for the future.  

When: November 10, 2016 from 12-1 pm ET
Where: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Submit your questions for the panel on Twitter with #StopPneumonia

Spread the word:
  • TODAY @IVACtweets launches #pneumonia & #diarrhea report 12-1PM ET.
  • Keeping child health on the global agenda - @IVACtweets #pneumonia & #diarrhea report launch TODAY 12-1PM ET 

A New Pneumonia Pocketbook

Advocates and practitioners seeking an all-inclusive guide to pneumonia need look no further than  Pneumonia in Children: Epidemiology, Prevention and Treatment. This is the first book to address the patient and population, frameworks often covered in separate publications.

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.

The #PneumoniaFumbler Challenge

We've been fumbling for words to raise awareness and we need your help. Lend your voice to children under-5 through the  #PneumoniaFumbler Challenge  in honor of World Pneumonia Day.

Learn the tongue twister: 
Pretty please prevent pneumonia to protect precious lives
Record a video of yourself (or even better, your child!) saying the tongue twister five times fast. At the end of the video, invite others to take action by saying: 
Visit to learn how we can prevent and treat this disease!
Upload the video to Facebook or Twitter with #PneumoniaFumbler, and challenge your friends to raise awareness! Tag your policymaker to let them know you care about child health.

New Advocacy Resources

Resources for World Pneumonia Day 2016 are rolling in from members of the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia. Please find the latest in the  Resources Library:

Upcoming Events

Nov. 11 - Launch of WHO's new Monitoring Visualization Tool for the Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD)
Nov. 12 - #PneumoniaFighters t witter campaign to celebrate unsung innovators by @JustActions and the Pneumonia Innovations Team 
Do you have an event to promote?  Let us know.

Ongoing Campaigns

Every Breath Counts  - UNICEF & Speak Up Africa 

Pneumonia Fundraiser - Save the Children

Get a Shot. Give a Shot. - Shot@Life & Walgreens 

United for Oxygen - worldwide coalition
Breathe Life - WHO

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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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