Co-Hosted by the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, National Geographic, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Worldwide, pneumonia takes the lives of more young children than any other disease – more than 100 every hour of every day. The single biggest cause of fatal pneumonia in childhood is preventable with a vaccine. This panel discussion featured child health experts, advocates and researchers to discuss the successes, and remaining hurdles, towards achieving full protection against vaccine-preventable pneumonia and other diseases for the world’s most vulnerable children.
- Cynthia Gorney (University of California, Berkeley, National Geographic) – moderator
- Dr. Samir Saha (Head of Microbiology Department at the Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Bangladesh and Executive Director of the Child Health Research Foundation, Bangladesh)
- Dr. Cynthia Whitney, (Chief of Respiratory Diseases Branch, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, US Centers for Disease Control)
- Dr. Keith Klugman (Director for Pneumonia, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
- Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, (Nigeria Director, International Vaccine Access Center of Johns Hopkins University)
- Martha Rebour, (Executive Director, Shot@Life, United Nations Foundation).
Read the National Geographic Article, “Here’s Why Vaccines Are So Crucial”