Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia
Pneumonia is the leading infectious killer of children under the age of five, responsible for the deaths of nearly 900,000 children in 2016. Although childhood pneumonia deaths have fallen in recent years, urgent and strategic effort is still required from policy makers, donors, and other partners to curb this. IVAC serves as the Secretariat for the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia (GCACP). The GCACP works to build awareness and action around childhood pneumonia and solutions in the context of maternal and child health and of the Sustainable Development Goals, while growing a community of partners dedicated to child health through the Stop Pneumonia initiative.
The goals of Stop Pneumonia are to:
- Raise awareness about pneumonia, the world’s leading infectious killer of children under the age of 5
- Promote interventions to protect against, prevent, and treat pneumonia and highlight proven approaches and solutions in need of additional resources and attention
- Generate action, including continued donor investment, to combat pneumonia and other common, yet sometimes deadly, childhood diseases
As the coordinating organization behind the Stop Pneumonia initiative, IVAC helps coordinate efforts and amplify the voice of advocates around the world who wish to see a world where children don’t die of preventable illness.
As of November 2017, World Pneumonia Day was featured in over 115 articles from 17 countries, over 9000 tweets using the hashtag #WorldPneumoniaDay (over 159.684M impressions), and there were over a dozen events and report launches around the world in honor of World Pneumonia Day 2017. IVAC also hosted a World Pneumonia Day Panel at ASTMH: “The Life-Saving Vaccine the World Has Never Heard Of” in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and National Geographic (see video below).
IVAC released the ninth Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report in November of 2017, which explored factors slowing progress in the most impacted countries against the world’s two biggest killers of young children.