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World Pneumonia DayIVAC Announces Grants To Support World Pneumonia Day Advocacy

For the fourth year in a row, the Small Grants for World Pneumonia Day Advocacy Program will offer support to developing country advocates to bridge gaps in awareness, political will and urgency around protecting children from the leading cause of child mortality worldwide - pneumonia. Made possible by a collaboration of the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the GAVI Alliance, and members of the Global Alliance against Child Pneumonia, the program expects to award grants of up to $10,000 to successful applications from low- and lower-middle-income country advocates, civil society organizations, community organizations and technical institutions.

Commemorated annually on November 12th, World Pneumonia Day has earned international recognition among health leaders, medical professionals, journalists, policy-makers and community advocates as a day for the world to collectively raise its voice and take action on behalf of the more than 1.5 million young children who die from pneumonia each year. The Small Grants Program aims to extend the reach of the global call to protect children, prevent and treat pneumonia by supporting awareness-raising activities on World Pneumonia Day and year round in the countries hardest hit by the disease.

Starting MAY 1st, applications are being accepted for the 2012 Small Grants for World Pneumonia Day Advocacy Program. Proposals may be submitted through an online application which may be found on www.worldpneumoniaday.org. Proposals that address pneumonia in the broader context of child survival together with other major health issues such as diarrhea, will be given special consideration. Events and activities should increase visibility of pneumonia and child survival among key stakeholders including: policymakers, health officials, media, donors or the general public.

The deadline for all grant proposals is MAY 29th 09:00 EST. Funds are limited and all submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Visit www.worldpneumoniaday.org for more information and to read the official guidelines for the program.