January 2018 member newsletter

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A comment from the coordinator, Deep Breaths blog post by Mari Couasnon, upcoming events, and PIN member and partner updates for January 2018.

A comment from the coordinator

Thank you to all who joined us for our CPAP and child pneumonia webinar on January 18, 2018 and a special thank you to Drs. Eric McCollum, Patrick Wilson, and Mohammod Chisti for their informative and insightful presentations.

Be sure to check out the newest addition to the 2018 PIN member newsletters: Deep Breaths, a section for member blog posts! If you have an update or announcement you or your organization would like us to include in the PIN monthly newsletter, please email your update to

Mari Couasnon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deep breaths: Blogs from network members
Pneumonia: it's a bigger deal than you think.
by Mari Couasnon, Save the Children

Eight years ago, I started my journey in biomedical science and research. While I have spent much of this time at the bench (with a cage of mice nearby, and pipette and agar plates in hand), I have never been far from the global health arena. I had taken what felt like countless hours of classes and lab work, so naturally I thought that I was "in the know" when it came to global health. You can imagine then my surprise and embarrassment when during my interview for my current position, I found out that pneumonia is the largest killer among children less than 5 years of age. Of course, this is not about me being embarrassed about not knowing a global health statistic in a job interview. This is about something much bigger. This is about people, even those studying and working in science and global health, not being aware of the devastation caused by pneumonia.

In 2016, pneumonia was responsible for 16 percent of all deaths among kids under the age of 5 years. By itself, this statistic is staggering. More troubling still is that many people do not see pneumonia as being that big of a deal.

"Obviously, I've heard of pneumonia. I know people who've had it and I've had it twice. But a child who actually dies from pneumonia? That's like a freak accident, right?"

Being diagnosed with pneumonia means different things in different places. It is a disease associated with poverty and a lack of access to care, and can have a devastating impact on the lives of people who become infected. So while pneumonia is a treatable illness, it can be a death sentence to those living in low resource areas.

I have learned a lot about pneumonia since joining Save the Children and becoming the coordinator for the Pneumonia Innovations Network. While we continue to make progress in identifying risk factors and developing new approaches for reducing child mortality from this disease, it is my mission to help raise the profile of pneumonia and bring awareness to the persistent problem that claims the lives of so many of the most vulnerable year after year. Pneumonia is a big deal.

Upcoming events

11th International Symposium on Pneumococci & Pneumococcal Diseases (ISPPD).
Melbourne, Australia. April 15 – 19, 2018.

ISPPD provides an unparalleled international forum to bring together scientific, clinical and public health experts, practitioners, and students to present, discuss, challenge and learn from the latest work and advancements on pneumococcal disease.
Want to attend the conference? Register here: http://www.isppd.kenes.com/2018/registration-(2)/registration#.WmtJsYWcGCQ

36th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID).
Malmö, Sweden. May 28 – June 2, 2018.

Building on the success and innovation of previous meetings, ESPID 2018 will feature a wide range of sessions and learning opportunities showcasing the latest research and developments in the field hosted by leading international experts.
Register to attend here: http://espidmeeting.org/2018/registration/register-now#.WmtK8YWcGCR

Pneumonia Innovations Network Member and Partner updates

The Every Breath Counts Coalition is a public-private partnership launched in November 2017 at UNICEF to support ten* countries to end preventable child pneumonia deaths by 2030. The Coalition will begin its work in Nigeria and has sent a formal letter of engagement to the Federal Minister of Health in partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). In preparation for a kick-off meeting in Nigeria, USAID/Dalberg is developing an assessment of Nigeria's "pneumonia control gaps" in an effort to identify major vulnerabilities in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood pneumonia. The Coalition has announced four new teams to advance specific areas of work including a Pneumonia Indicators Team, chaired by CHAI - contact Kate Schroder (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), an Advocacy & Communications Team, chaired by Speak Up Africa - contact Kate Campana (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), an Oxygen Team, chaired by UNICEF - contact Bev Bradley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and a Research Team led by Malaria Consortium - contact Kevin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The Coalition is also pleased to welcome three new members: the ICV Group, the EFPL's EssentialTech team and Oxygen for Life, bringing total membership to 30. Members of the Coalition are encouraged to promote their involvement in the Coalition using #everybreathcounts, #stoppneumonia and #childhealth and by co-branding their efforts with the Every Breath Counts logos, which are freely available on request. For more information contact Leith Greenslade, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
*Chad, Nigeria, Angola, Niger, Somalia, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia.

The United4Oxygen Alliance is the world's first public-private partnership to support governments to increase access to pulse oximetry and oxygen, with a special focus on maternal, newborn and child survival. With an initial focus on Ethiopia, the Alliance is supporting the Federal Government of Ethiopia to implement its National Medical Oxygen and Pulse Oximetry Scale Up Road Map (2016-2020/21). The 20 members of the Alliance are working together to increase the availability of pulse oximetry screening and oxygen therapy technologies in health centers and hospitals, to train local staff in the use of the new technologies, to establish sustainable financing solutions for the procurement, installation and maintenance of the new equipment, and to prioritize pulse oximetry and oxygen access in the policies and guidelines of the Ethiopian health authorities and of the major international development agencies. In November 2017, the Alliance expanded its efforts into Nigeria as part of the Every Breath Counts Coalition. Members of the Alliance are encouraged to promote their involvement with the Coalition using #United4Oxygen, #stoppneumonia and #childhealth. For more information contact Bekah Curtis-Heald at the Clinton Global Initiative, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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