Pneumonia Innovations Network Newsletter - November 12, 2017



Today is World Pneumonia Day!

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Mark your calendars

November 12, 2017

World Pneumonia Day

November 12-20, 2017

Child Health Week

November 20, 2017

World Children's Day

December 2-5, 2017

10th Congress of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID) in Shenzhen, China

December 2, 2017

Save the Children pneumonia symposium on Pneumonia Innovations at WSPID

December 6-10, 2017

Dubai Infectious Diseases Week in Dubai, UAE

More details on these important events are listed below!

A Comment from the Coordinator

Thank you to all who joined us for the Biomarkers and pneumonia webinar event on November 2, 2017 and a special thank you to Camille Escadafal, Sabine Dittrich, and Dan Milner their wonderful presentations!

We will resume Pneumonia Innovations Network webinar events in 2018.

Pneumonia Innovations Network Member and Partner Updates

To commemorate World Pneumonia Day on November 12, Save the Children US staff member Josh Springer composed and performed a spoken word message about the urgency to save lives from this deadly illness.

Watch Josh's performance here:

Conferences, meetings, and events

10th Congress of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID)

Shenzhen, China. December 2-5, 2017.

View the conference schedule here:

Registration and Group Registration available at:

Dubai Infectious Diseases (ID) Week

Dubai, UAE. December 6-10, 2017.

Learn more about Critical Problems and Topics like Appropriate Antibiotic prescribing by Dr. Ahmed El Beleidy.

Register to attend this conference at:

Articles and news

7,000 newborns die every day, despite stead decrease in under-five mortality by UNICEF

UNICEF has released their 2017 Child Mortality Report. In 2015, the number of annual child deaths reached 5.9 million children. In 2016, this number reached a new low of 5.6 million children. Pneumonia still the leading cause of mortality, accounting for 16% of U-5 deaths. "Despite the substantial progress in reducing child mortality, child survival remains an urgent concern. In 2016, 5.6 million children died before their fifth birthday – among them 2.6 million (46 per cent) died in the first month of life. It is unacceptable that 15,000 children die every day, mostly from preventable causes and treatable diseases, even though the knowledge and technologies for life-saving interventions are available. "

Click here to view the full article:

Here's Why Vaccines Are So Crucial by Cynthia Gorney

Author Cynthia Gorney, Dr. Samir Saha, and Dr. Kate O'Brien highlight the importance of vaccinations and the challenges to immunization in a recently released National Geographic article."But even more urgent—more ambitious, more complex, involving many governments and billions of philanthropic dollars—is the international collaboration to get new vaccines to children in the developing world, where to this day the suffering caused by vaccine-preventable disease is as vivid and nontheoretical as the frantic families Saha sees every day in the halls of Dhaka Shishu."Read the full National Geographic Magazine November 2017 story here:

Estimates of the global, regional, and national morbidity, mortality, and aetiologies of lower respiratory tract infections in 195 countries: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015, The Lancet Infectious Diseases

The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2015 released their analysis of the burden of lower respiratory tract infections. "At the global level, the burden of LRIs has decreased dramatically in the last 10 years in children younger than 5 years, although the burden in people older than 70 years has increased in many regions."

Read the full text here:

Based on these GBD 2015 study results, a commentary on the progress of preventing pneumonia deaths can be found at:

Pneumonia Mortality in Children Aged <5 Years in 56 Countries: A Retrospective Analysis of Trends from 1960 to 2012

Take a closer look at the long-term trends of under-5 mortality from pneumonia in 56 countries and 4 national income transition groups from 1960 to 2012 using the World Health Organization mortality database. "Our findings suggest a striking overall downward trend in under-5 mortality from pneumonia between 1960 and 2012. However, the rate and absolute terms of decline differ by national income transition group. These variable patterns between national income transition groups may inform further intervention setting and priority setting."

Read the full article at:

Evolving Understanding of the Causes of Pneumonia in Adults, With Special Attention to the Role of Pneumococcus by Daniel M. Musher, Michael S. Abers, and John G. Bartlett

Clinical Infectious Diseases, 27 September 2017: "Recent studies fail to identify a causative organism in more than 50% of cases, which remains the most important challenge to understanding lower respiratory infection. Our findings have important implications for antibiotic stewardship and should be considered as new policies for empiric pneumonia management are developed."

Read the full text here:

2017 Pneumonia & Diarrhea Progress Report: Driving Progress Through Equitable Investment and Action by IVAC

"Why are pneumonia and diarrhea still responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in children under 5? [This report] explores the factors slowing progress in the most impacted countries against the world's two biggest killers of young children. It delves for the first time into the economic costs of the illnesses and sheds light on the complex relationship between childhood illnesses and poverty. Children in low-resource settings are at higher risk for illness; at the same time, pneumonia and diarrhea can contribute to the cycle of poverty."Access the full report here:

Partnering To Fight Pneumonia, The 'Forgotten Killer' Of Children co-authored by Carolyn Miles, CEO, Save the Children (US); Lisa Bonadonna, Global Head, Access to Medicines, GSK; David Fleming, Vice President, PATH; Joe Kiani, CEO, Masimo; Stefan Peterson, Chief of Health, UNICEF; Kate Schroder, Vice President, Clinton Health Access Initiative; Kevin Watkins, CEO, Save the Children (UK)

"Partnering to Fight Pneumonia, the "Forgotten Killer" of Children" is one the most powerful statements you will read on child pneumonia in the fight to end preventable child pneumonia deaths."The Every Breath Counts Coalition mobilizes 30 organizations to support national governments to close child pneumonia control gaps, initially in the ten countries with the largest numbers of children at highest risk of death."Read the article here: can also find the complete statement on at along with the list of partner commitments and some rousing quotes from leaders, all of which you are free to share!

Fighting for Breath: A call to action on childhood pneumonia

With a foreword by Kofi Annan, a strong use of data, and the courageous leadership of Kevin Watkins, CEO of Save the Children (UK), this is one of the most important reports to emerge on child pneumonia in decades.

Read the report here:

Also see Kevin Watkin's blog post on pneumonia, released today in recognition of the launch of Save the Children's global pneumonia campaign:

Voices from the Field: The Injustice in Dying from Pneumonia CEO blog post by Save the Children

"You often hear people describe an illness with the cliché, "it doesn't discriminate." I want to be clear: Pneumonia discriminates."

Read the blog post at

To learn more about how Save the Children is fighting pneumonia for all children and how you can help, please visit

Building Community Capacity to Fight Pneumonia And Save Children's Lives blog post by Amy Sarah Ginsburg and Kurabachew Abera

Dr. Amy Ginsburg (Save the Children U.S.A.) and Dr. Kurabachew Abera (Save the Children Ethiopia), highlight the importance of country advocacy initiatives in overcoming existing challenges in achieving our ambitious Sustainable Development Goals."Inequities in communities' abilities to access basic health care are not only between rich and poor countries, there are often significant disparities within countries. Our continued progress is dependent on our ability to understand, navigate and influence these diverse communities ... Unfortunately, there is no "one size fits all" strategy to reach the unreached. We need careful analysis of local facilitators and barriers and community engagement to determine the best way forward."Read the full Global Health Council blog post here:

Vaccination to reduce antimicrobial resistance by Amy Sarah Ginsburg, Keith Klugman

The Lancet Global Health, November 8, 2017: 'Vaccination to reduce antimicrobial resistance' highlights the barriers to appropriate use of antibiotics in addition to identifying consequences of using antibiotics inappropriately to treat pneumonia. "Reducing the development of antimicrobial resistance is a key factor for consideration in the prevention and treatment of childhood pneumonia. Diminishing the need for antibiotics by decreasing the incidence and burden of pneumonia is a first step ... Decreasing antimicrobial resistance through a strategy of expanded vaccination has shown promising results."Read the full publication at:

The case for action on childhood pneumonia

'The case for action on childhood pneumonia,' published by The Lancet, identifies a critical gap between immunization coverage and pneumococcal vaccine production/price. Now more than ever, there is a great need for affordable vaccination and stronger, equitable health systems. "Despite collective support for Gavi, and WHO and UNICEF's global plan of action for pneumonia and diarrhoea, no international initiative or campaign has yet spurred attention to the extent required ... As a result, the Sustainable Development Goal to eliminate preventable child deaths by 2030 will remain just an aspiration unless childhood pneumonia is vigorously addressed."Read the full article here:



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