September 2018 Member Newsletter



Kevin Watkins and Devi Sridhar have made one thing perfectly clear: pneumonia is still the leading infectious cause of child mortality globally. Despite our continued efforts, we have miles of ground to cover if we are going to meet SDG 3.2, ending preventable child deaths by 2030. This month’s newsletter includes a new Deep Breaths blog post by Pneumonia Innovations Network co-Chair Leith Greenslade, pneumonia innovation and partner updates, details for pneumonia events and conferences, and recent publications to help you stay up-to-date on everything you need to know about where we stand in our fight against child pneumonia and what we need to do to end childhood pneumonia mortality.





Happy 5th birthday to the Pneumonia Innovations Network! The PIN was founded in 2013 by co-chairs Amy Ginsburg and Leith Greenslade. This year, it celebrates its 5th birthday and an all-time high membership of over 800 members.



Mark your calendars . The PIN is hosting two upcoming webinars:

  • September 12, 2018: Oxygen and child pneumonia
  • October 17, 2018: Ultrasound and child pneumonia

We hope you join us for these talks from field experts.



CALL FOR MEMBER UPDATES: Do you have news, updates and announcements, or publications that you would like to share with the Pneumonia Innovations Network? Send them to Mari Couasnon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a PIN newsletter feature.





The Every Breath Counts Coalition

by Leith Greenslade, co-Chair of the Pneumonia Innovations Network and Founder & CEO of JustActions


The growth in global health financing that began in 2000 and peaked in 2013 spawned the development of several public-private partnerships that have achieved some of the strongest results in public health (IHME, 2017). It was largely through the efforts of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and their partners that child deaths from vaccine-preventable infections and malaria fell so sharply, and the rise of HIV/AIDS was halted and reversed over the period (GBD, 2016). And with many public and private sector actors now aligned to end maternal deaths, to expand access to contraception, and to end malnutrition and non-communicable diseases, we should start to see more rapid advances in maternal survival and modern contraceptive uptake, as well as declines in child malnutrition and chronic disease. All are essential to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); however, one major cause of death and disability is still largely missing from the picture.




Pneumonia is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading infectious killer in the world (Chart 1). It targets children under five and the elderly. In most countries, pneumonia kills more children under five than any other cause, and deaths among the elderly are rising due to aging populations and rising rates of air pollution, smoking and alcohol use (Chart 2). As a result, the vast majority of low, middle and high income countries are struggling to control their pneumonia burdens which they cannot afford to ignore if they hope to achieve the health SDGs. This is why more than 35 organizations1 have joined forces in the first public-private partnership dedicated to helping countries drive down pneumonia deaths to SDG achievement levels.



The Every Breath Counts Coalition will initially support ten countries2 where extremely high rates of child malnutrition, air pollution, and poor access to vaccines, diagnostic and treatment services are keeping pneumonia deaths high, especially among children under five. The Coalition will work with national, state and local governments in these countries to identify the most critical gaps in pneumonia prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The goal is for each country is to endorse a national “Pneumonia Control Strategy” which sets target annual reductions in child pneumonia deaths and details how to achieve them with a combination of vaccine coverage increases (especially the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine), reductions in child malnutrition (especially wasting), air pollution improvements (especially in the household), and improvements in the provision of diagnostic and treatment services in the health system (especially child-friendly antibiotics, pulse oximetry and oxygen), Financing the Pneumonia Control Strategies is very much the responsibility of governments in the context of advances in Universal Health Coverage. The Every Breath Counts partners are also committed to mobilizing additional support from members, non-government country stakeholders, and external actors with a commitment to infectious disease control.


The Every Breath Counts Coalition will begin its work in Nigeria, where the Federal Ministry of Health is committed to pneumonia control, and Save the Children, UNICEF, and USAID will lead the effort, with the support of Dalberg Global Development Advisors. The Coalition has also established four teams to work on: (a) developing a more robust set of pneumonia prevention, diagnosis and treatment indicators for use in official health surveys and in the Lives Saved Tool (LiST) model; (b) improving the quality and reach of pneumonia advocacy and communications; (c) rapidly advancing the uptake of pulse oximetry and oxygen solutions, and (d) identifying and filling the most critical gaps in pneumonia research. The Indicators Team is chaired by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the Advocacy and Communications Team is chaired by The Access Challenge, the Oxygen Team is chaired by UNICEF, and the Research and Development Team is chaired the Malaria Consortium, with support from the University of Southampton which published “Sizing Up Pneumonia Research.”



To achieve the ambitious vision of ending preventable pneumonia deaths by 2030 in the countries with the heaviest burdens and the steepest challenges, success will depend on government leadership and the full and sustained commitment of the Every Breath Counts members over the next decade.


But it can be done.


The Every Breath Counts Coalition is in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 3.2,3 the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents' Health and the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC) movement.


You can support Every Breath Counts on social media using #EveryBreathCounts.


1The Access Challenge, Assist International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Concern Worldwide, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Every Woman, Every Child Innovation Markeplace, Gavi, GE Foundation, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Global Good/Intellectual Ventures, GSK, Grand Challenges Canada, ICV Group, Barcelona Institute for Global Health, “la caixa” Foundation, LeanMed, Lifebox, McCann Global Health, Malaria Consortium, Masimo, Newborn Foundation, Oxygen for Life, Partners in Health, PATH, Pfizer, Philips, Results for Development, Save the Children, Sesame Workshop, UNICEF, Unitaid, United for Oxygen, University Melbourne Center for International Child Health, USAID.


2 Chad, Nigeria, Angola, Niger, Somalia, Mali, DRC, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ethiopia.


3 SDG 3.2 requires all countries to reduce newborn and child mortality to below 12 and 25 deaths per 1,000 live births respectively by 2030.






HNN’s Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings Field Guide


The Healthy Newborn Network (HNN) has shared a new resource: the Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings Field Guide.

"This Field Guide is a companion to the Inter-Agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings (2010), providing information related specifically to newborn care during the neonatal period (days 0-28 of life). It has been designed as an enhancement to national strategies and programs aimed at improving the lives of newborns and their mothers, and to strategies such as the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP).


Its use is encouraged for advocacy and strengthening efforts of existing country programs for newborn care, regardless of whether such programs were developed in response to humanitarian crises or as permanent systems during times of stability. The ultimate aim is to improve the survival of newborns in humanitarian settings."


If you would like to print the Field Guide, contact HNN here.



It’s ‘Shark Tank’ for Global Health Inventions

by Vicky Hallett

Published via NPR, Goats and Soda


"In late July 2018, the DevelopmentXChange conference was held in Washington, D.C. The event was organized by Saving Lives At Birth: A Grand Challenge For Development, a program that gives out grants to projects helping to improve medical care for moms and babies in low-income settings and is funded by groups like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the U.S. and U.K. governments.


A total of ten participants presented a variety of innovations, each in different stages of development: medical devices that can work without electricity, new ways to administer medications, and high-tech strategies to give women timely medical advice. All have previously received anywhere from $250,000 to $2 million from the program.


This year, Saving Lives at Birth wanted to help their grantees kick it up a notch.


To help scale up these global health projects, groups were paired with business consultants who helped these competitors better communicate their vision, grab investors' interest, and attract more funds.


Competitors had only seven minutes to lay out the problem they were addressing, describe their solution and describe how they would make their solution work. Next, a panel of judges (including experts in reproductive health, technology and strategic communications) were allowed seven minutes of questions. Judges assigned a score to each competitor based on several factors including target market, competition, and revenue model."


Find out who won at the DevelopmentXChange conference here.




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