World Pneumonia Day
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Co-authored by: Carolyn Miles, CEO, Save the Children (US); Lisa Bonadonna, Global Head, Access to Medicines, GSK; David
After six years -- and dozens of media conferences, celebrity endorsements, and marches on parliaments around the world -- thousands of people have joined the fight.
This year marked my first as Director of Vaccine Delivery at the Gates Foundation, where pneumonia has a dedicated team working to develop and deliver a comprehensive set of tools including improved diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines for children and families in developing countries.
I had the privilege of meeting people working on the frontlines of the fight against pneumonia last week during a trip to Myanmar. The Princess Inaara Foundation and PSI are working together to bring pneumonia information and care to children and families, particularly in rural areas of the developing world.
For community case management to be truly effective, countries and partners must invest in supply chains so that they can forecast, finance, procure, and deliver life-saving medicines to community health workers.
Successes with malaria are promising, but fragile -- and largely dependent on existing technologies and the ability to scale up delivery systems to deliver them.
Few Americans would guess that pneumonia kills more children than any other disease, but in many developing countries access to effective treatment is limited. So what's being done?