News from ISGlobal
Boosting efforts to fight pneumonia could avert nearly 9 million child deaths from pneumonia and other major diseases, a new analysis has found ahead of the Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia , which takes places between 29 and 31 January in Barcelona.
The event is the first ever global forum on childhood pneumonia and it is organised by nine leading organisations in the fields of health and childhood: the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Save the Children, UNICEF, Every Breath Counts, ”la Caixa” Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Unitaid and Gavi.
According to a modelling by Johns Hopkins University, scaling up pneumonia treatment and prevention services can save the lives of 3.2 million children under the age of five . It would also create ‘a ripple effect’ that would prevent 5.7 million extra child deaths from other major childhood diseases at the same time, underscoring the need for integrated health services.