Above photo, Photo by Ellery Lamm / Save the Children. A mother watches over her 5-month-old baby, Shahida, who has pneumonia in a hospital in Barisal district. Save the Children is helping to train healthcare providers to diagnose and treat pneumonia at the community level.
A COMMENT FROM THE COORDINATOR
This month, we will hear from PIN Member Ajoke Sobanjo-ter Meule as she describes the impact that maternal vaccination could have in reducing newborn deaths. We will also hear how parents and caregivers can have a larger role in helping reduce deaths related to childhood pneumonia. The Pneumonia Careseeking Scorecard reports that only 55% of children with pneumonia symptoms across 60 countries are taken to an appropriate healthcare provider. The scorecard urges: 1) increased awareness among parents and caregivers for the signs and symptoms of pneumonia; 2) greater policies and programs that support timely care; and 3) identification of vulnerable geographic areas and increasing careseeking support for those areas. View the full scorecard here.