The Pneumonia Newsletter               Issue #9  
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Stop Pneumonia's priority is to empower the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia by providing members with the resources to inform and strengthen advocacy efforts. Join us for a webinar on March 30, 11AM-12PM ET, when guest speakers will introduce two new tools:
    • Speaker: Julie Younkin, Communications Manager, IVAC


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Take Action

Protect Foreign Aid with ONE

The US Trump administration is  proposing a major slash  to the foreign aid budget. While the commitment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is preserved in the proposal, investments in treatment and strengthening health systems are also crucial. You can  make a call to Congress to tell them how devastating this would be to the world's poorest. ONE has also drafted a letter to send to your members of Congress telling them not to cut foreign aid.
Take your outreach to the next level by including facts and figures on the impacts of foreign aid, which makes up less than 1% of the total federal budget.
  • For every $1 spent by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, on immunization programs, $44 are saved by averting illnesses.
  • For every $1 invested in global health between 2015 and 2035, there's up to a 20-fold benefit.
  • Investing in community health workers yields a 10:1 economic return.

Vote for Pneumonia Diagnostics

team from the British Columbia Children's Hospital Foundation has been selected as 1 of 10 finalists in 's  Impact Challenge Canada . Their project, "Pocket Doc for Pneumonia," is a pneumonia diagnostic tool for health care workers. Help the team win funding by voting for this project online and spread the word to #votebcchf. 

Deadline: March 28, 2017 |  Vote Today

Support PATH's Campaign: Access To Life-Saving Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy can make the difference between life and death. But many medical facilities in low-resource areas aren't equipped to provide oxygen therapy. In an effort to increase access through policy advocacy, PATH submitted a proposal for inclusion of oxygen as a medical gas on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (EML). Between February 24-March 31, 2017, an expert committee will convene in Geneva to consider this application, among others, to update the WHO EML.

You can support PATH's HO2PE campaign on social media by sharing campaign graphics, photos, and content  --  available via Dropbox.

Stop Pneumonia Blog

Haunted by Inequity

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) conducted an interview with one of their own doctors, Alan Gonzalez, i n the Q&A titled, "Pneumonia: 'What haunts me is knowing how different it can be for each child, depending on where he or she lives. '" Gonzalez reveals the complexities of treating severe cases of pneumonia among children and the frustration that effective prevention with vaccines was out of reach.

New Resources

WHO Connects Environment and Children's Health

A pair of new reports by the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes the need to reduce children's exposure to environmental hazards that lead to poor health conditions and preventable diseases like pneumonia. Advocates can draw key messages that connect environment and children's health to pneumonia and diarrhea. 
  1. Inheriting a Sustainable World: Atlas on Children's Health and the Environment reveals that a large portion of the most common causes of death among children aged 1 month to 5 years -- diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia -- are preventable.
  2. A companion report, Don't pollute my future! The impact of the environment on children's health, provides a comprehensive overview of the environment's impact on children's health, illustrating the scale of the challenge.

Vaccine Safety Information

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Vaccine have partnered to create a new education resource center on immunization. The website houses both patient and clinician materials, as well as open access to key articles on safety of commonly used vaccines, including PCV and rotavirus vaccine. Advocates can incorporate the evidence in their communication materials. 


Global Health Photography

Do you have a stash of photographs from your Peace Corps volunteering, world travels, or professional work? One of them may be worth US $1,000.
The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project is hosting the 12th Annual Photoshare Photo Contest, for recognizing individuals who share photos for charitable and educational use. Any individual or organization is eligible to submit multiple, free entries to a host of categories, ranging from family planning to disaster relief. All entries will be added to the Photoshare collection.

Deadline: April 10, 2017  |  
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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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