Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia

Nakwan is only seven days old, and she has pneumonia. She will remain in the clinic under treatment until she is stable. She had 62 heart beats per minute, when it should be between 40-60. Katilu health centre is located in Katilu, Turkana county in Northern Kenya. The centre receives around 3600 patients per month. Among those patients, around 15 are treated for pneumonia, however due to the heavy rain, they treated 34 pneumonia patients last month.

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Pneumonia is the single biggest infectious killer of children, claiming over 800,000 lives annually. Yet pneumonia remains a neglected disease both nationally and globally.

The Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia is a major opportunity to ensure that pneumonia is at the forefront of national and global health agendas; galvanize national action, and mobilize the donor community to increase awareness of the scale of the pneumonia challenge.

ISGlobal, Save the Children, UNICEF, Every Breath Counts, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ”la Caixa” Foundation, USAID, Unitaid and Gavi have joined forces to address one of the greatest and gravest health challenges facing children around the world.

As the world’s first conference on childhood pneumonia – taking place on 29-31 January 2020 at CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, Spain – the Global Forum sets out to agree practical pathways that governments and their partners can take to meet the Sustainable Development Goal on child survival and the Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD) target of three child pneumonia deaths per 1,000 live births.

This is a call to action to deliver concrete measures with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of children’s lives. Partners are convinced that a breakthrough on pneumonia is within reach.