The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released today its 2013 Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report, which found gradual increases in access to vaccines, treatment, and other interventions in the 15 countries with the highest numbers of child deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea. The report found that seven countries achieved some progress toward the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) targets, while eight countries had not made significant progress toward reaching targets.
Global health advocates today commemorate the fifth annual World Pneumonia Day by calling on global leaders to scale up existing interventions and invest in new diagnostics and treatments to defeat pneumonia. Today is marked by an integrated effort to combat both pneumonia and diarrhea, which together account for 26 percent of all child deaths globally.
“On World Pneumonia Day, I call on governments and their partners to commit to promoting breastfeeding and providing clean water, a healthy environment, and all the medicine and vaccinations children need. By working to protect children from pneumonia, we can shield them from other deadly diseases and help them to survive and thrive,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Read More ›