OCTOBER 2019 MEMBER NEWSLETTER

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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.

 

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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.

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September 2019 Member Newsletter

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Above photo by Charles Atiki Lomodong/ Save the Children. Agnes* holds baby John* in the Save the Children stabilization centre in Kapoeta, South Sudan. Agnes* found baby John* abandoned by the riverbank near her home. The police tried to trace the mother and she was asked to care for the baby in the meantime. Agnes* brought him to the Save the Children-supported stabilization centre, where he was treated for malnutrition and infection until he was healthy enough to be discharged and taken home.

 

A COMMENT FROM THE COORDINATOR

 

The PIN is now on Twitter. Follow us @PneumoNetwork for events, updates, and more. In this month’s newsletter, we will hear from PIN member, Stephanie Lo, as she describes the Global Pneumococcal Sequencing Project (GPS) that accomplished the sequencing of DNA of over 20,000 pneumococci from 51 countries.  Lastly, we would like to highlight our next PIN webinar event hosted by Leith Greenslade and Ashley Johnson, “Childhood Pneumonia in Humanitarian Settings” taking place on September 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM EDT (US). Zoom webinar information is available through email.

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August 2019 Member Newsletter

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Above photo by Jonathan Hyams / Save the Children. Dr Partha Pratim Das attends to Sohai*, two, on the inpatient ward at Save the Children’s primary healthcare centre (PHCC) in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. His mother, Laila*, brought Sohai to the PHCC when he had difficulty breathing. He was immediately admitted as an emergency case of acute pneumonia.

 

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This newsletter is about pneumonia treatment guidelines.  We are happy to share a new blog post from Dr. Todd Florin who discusses his approach to research aimed at improving pneumonia treatment for children.

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July 2019 Member Newsletter

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Mary* is weighed in order to check for malnutrition (a contributing factor to pneumonia) at the Centre de Santé et Maternité, Galilée, a health centre on the outskirts of Kinshasa, DRC.

 

 

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June 2019 Member Newsletter

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Mercy, aged 18, with her son Abrahim, aged 7 months, at Lodwar County Hospital, Turkana region, Kenya. Abrahim was admitted to hospital with pneumonia but has now recovered. Abrahim was also previously on Save The Children's nutrition programme at the hospital.

 

 

A COMMENT FROM THE COORDINATOR 

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May 2019 Member Newsletter

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Photo by Martin Kharumwa of Save the Children, South Sudan. A seven-month-old child lies on a hospital bed in Bor, South Sudan after being treated for pneumonia.                             

 

 

            

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April 2019 Member Newsletter

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Above: Photo by Tito Justin, Save the Children. Baby Mabior* has a cough, fever, and malaria. After diagnosis, she was found to have pneumonia and was treated immediately.

 

 

 

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March 2019 Member Newsletter

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Above, photo by Ellery Lamm, Save the Children: Moriam, 15 months sits with her mom, Dali, and sister Bristi, 5, in their home in Barisal district. Moriam had and survived pneumonia.

 

 

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With some new and exciting partnerships to report, collaboration is the theme for March 2019. This month’s newsletter features announcements of two new partnerships: the Pneumonia Innovations Network is partnering with the American Thoracic Society to raise pneumonia awareness, and EarlySense has announced a research partnership with Save the Children US to evaluate the EarlySense continuous physiological monitoring technology in neonates in Kenya. This month, we share a new blog by Olivia Koburongo, an inventor of the MamaOpe pneumonia diagnostic jacket, as well as some important information about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Digital Health Global Grand Challenge (to all digital health innovators, this is a funding opportunity you do not want to miss!). If you were unable to attend our Influenza and child pneumonia webinar event, be sure to catch the Respiratory syncytial virus and child pneumonia webinar later this month. Check out the Events section for details on the March 14 webinar and for information on upcoming conferences. Also see the Publications section for some recent papers on pneumonia-related topics. Send any announcements or updates that you would like to share to PIN coordinator, Mari Couasnon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a newsletter feature. This year is off to a great start, and we encourage each of you to work together, foster new collaborations, and explore innovative ways to continue to drive down the number of deaths by child pneumonia to zero.

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February 2019 Member Newsletter

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Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd, Save the Children: Clinical officer Agnes, is reviewing Rebecca* and her baby, Lawrence*, who has severe pneumonia. Lawrence* is doing much better after three days in the health center.

 

 

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With the new year well underway, we have exciting network news and events to share. We are eager to announce the first two webinars in our annual PIN webinar series: Influenza and child pneumonia and Respiratory syncytial virus and child pneumonia (see our announcements column for more information). In this month’s newsletter, we are featuring a blog post by Dr. Roger Rassool, the co-founder of FREO2, and an exciting annoucement regarding Dräger’s launch for a new respiratory support system for newborns. Be sure to also check out the Events section for conferences and deadlines for abstract/ proposal submissions, as well as the Publications section for recent papers on pneumonia-related topics. If you have any updates that you would like to share with the network, don’t forget to send them to PIN coordinator, Mari Couasnon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), for a newsletter feature. We look forward to collaborating with each of you in the coming months in our continued effort to fight against the number one infectious killer of children worldwide.

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January 2019 Member Newsletter

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Above, Story Central Photo by Suzanne Lee, Save the Children: February 13, 2015. Sabatri, 23, cares for her son Dataram, 6 months, as he gets treated for pneumonia in the Trishuli District Hospital, Nepal.

 

 

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Happy New Year to the Pneumonia Innovations Network! As we usher in the new year, we are happy to share a brand new PIN blog post by Dr. Keith Klugman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, recent publications on pneumonia-related topics, and some exciting upcoming events happening in early 2019. We encourage you to also check out the Announcements or Member and Partner Updates sections for upcoming opportunities to submit abstracts and proposals for select events. If you have any updates that you would like to share with the network, don’t forget to send them to PIN coordinator, Mari Couasnon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), for a newsletter feature. In 2019, the Pneumonia Innovations Network aims to achieve continued high levels of growth and collaboration among our members, generate new ideas and innovations, and uncover important scientific findings. The New Year brings about new opportunities and challenges, and we look forward to working together with each of you to continue the fight against pneumonia and drive down child deaths by pneumonia to zero.

 

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December 2018 Member Newsletter

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Above, Story Central Photo by Guilhem Alandry, Save the Children: Shipra with her son, Nirob who is 5 months and 20 days in Bosikali Village, Badalpur union, Ajmiriganj upazila, Habiganj Division, Bangladesh. Nirob has continuous sicknesses including pneumonia and he is malnourished. 

 

 

A COMMENT FROM THE COORDINATOR

As we head into the last month of 2018, we encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the tremendous efforts and accomplishments by members of our pneumonia community. We have had many victories over the last calendar year – many detailed in our monthly newsletters and on our webpage (pneumoniainnovations.org). Despite reaching new benchmarks in our ongoing fight against pneumonia, we must continue to put our best foot forward to drive down deaths from child pneumonia to zero. Charge ahead towards the new year by reading a new blog post by Save the Children’s Evangelyn Nkwopara and be sure to check out the important research findings featured in our Articles & News section. Finally, before 2018 comes to a close, we encourage you to apply for the WHO Africa Innovation Challenge and submit an abstract for the Influenza Vaccines for the World (IVW) 2019 Conference. Thank you all for a monumental year, and may 2019 be our hardest-hitting year yet in the fight against pneumonia.

 

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November 2018 Member Newsletter

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A COMMENT FROM THE COORDINATOR November 12, 2018 is World Pneumonia Day. 

World Pneumonia Day (WPD) is our day to raise awareness around pneumonia and the many lives pneumonia claims every year. This year, we must promote pneumonia prevention and treatment interventions, and catalyze action to fight pneumonia with greater force than ever before. Now is the time to start dialogues, generate innovative ideas, and form new collaborations within our global community. Get inspired by this month’s blog post by Dr. Mark Alderson and be sure to check out our member and partner update, “Up your impact for World Pneumonia Day 2018,” for ways in which you can be involved and make the most of your WPD. If your group or organization is hosting an event for WPD 2018, please email Mari Couasnon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a chance to share your event on the Pneumonia Innovations Network website. We hope you join us in our hard-hitting efforts for WPD 2018.

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTSWorld Pneumonia Day (WPD) 2018 is just around the corner! Be sure to check out our Events section to see WPD events happening near you.The PIN is collecting statements from members on network impact. Please send Mari Couasnon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) your thoughts on how the PIN has served you and how you have benefitted from being a member of our global, open-access network.Send news, updates/ announcements or publications that you would like to share with the PIN to Mari Couasnon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for a PIN newsletter feature.

 

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October 2018 Member Newsletter

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A COMMENT FROM THE COORDINATOR

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” Dr. Roger I. Glass, author of this month’s Deep Breaths blog post, reminds us of this proverb and asks an important question: With so many children’s lives at stake, what better motivation can any of us have? We continue to struggle in reducing child deaths by pneumonia and the innovative approaches that we need to reduce this death toll are needed now. With the goal of reducing child deaths to at least 25 per 1,000 births (SDG, Goal 3.2), our members are leading impressive efforts in the fight against child pneumonia.  Check out our up-to-date innovation and partner updates, details for upcoming pneumonia events and conferences, and recent publications to see our progress in the fight to end childhood pneumonia mortality through innovative approaches.

 

 

 

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September 2018 Member Newsletter

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A COMMENT FROM THE COORDINATOR

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.

 

 

 

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August 2018 Member Newsletter

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A COMMENT FROM THE COORDINATOR

The PIN will be hosting two more webinars in 2018. Keep your eyes open for email invitations to the Oxygen and child pneumonia webinar in September and the Ultrasound and child pneumonia webinar in October.

 

Check out this month’s Deep Breaths blog post by Dr. Fyezah Jehan.

 

 

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July 2018 Member Newsletter

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A COMMENT FROM THE COORDINATOR 

A special thank you to Gatien de Broucker, Michael Head and Rebecca Brown for their presentations given during the “The Fight Against Pneumonia: Who Pays?” webinar event on June 27, 2018.

 

 

 

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June 2018 Member Newsletter

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A Comment from the Coordinator, Announcements, Deep Breaths blog post by Dr. Debby Bogaert, Upcoming events, and PIN Member and Partner Updates for June 2018.

 

 

A Comment from the Coordinator

A special thank you to Drs. Jeremy Keenan and Charles Knirsch for their Pneumonia Innovations Network webinar presentations for the MORDOR webinar. The next PIN webinar is being planned for late June 2018. Keep your eyes open for an upcoming email with more info.

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May 2018 Member Newsletter

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A Comment from the Coordinator, Announcements, Deep Breaths blog post by Dr. Eric McCollum, Upcoming events, and PIN Member and Partner Updates for May 2018.

  

A Comment from the Coordinator

BIG NEWS: Published in The New England Journal of Medicine, April 26, 2018: Can four twice-yearly mass distributions of oral azithromycin administration have an effect on child mortality? MORDOR study researchers have shown through a cluster-randomized trial in communities in Malawi, Niger, and Tanzania that “among post-neonatal, preschool children in sub-Saharan Africa, childhood mortality is lower in communities randomly assigned to mass distribution of azithromycin than in those assigned to placebo.” The implications of these results showing a significant reduction in child death via routine antibiotic administration could be groundbreaking. This is a big deal. Access the article here!

 

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April 2018 Member Newsletter

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A comment from the coordinator, Deep Breaths blog post by Dr. Adegoke Falade, upcoming events, and PIN member and partner updates for April 2018. 

 

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A special thank you to Drs. Mike English, Sam Akech, Grace Irimu, and Ambrose Agweyu of KEMRI-Wellcome Trust for the insightful presentations given during the Hospital information systems and quality of clinical care webinar event!

 

 

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February 2018 Member Newsletter

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A comment from the coordinator, Deep Breaths blog post by Dr. Mark Ansermino, upcoming events, and PIN member and partner updates for February 2018.  A Comment from the Coordinator Our webpage will better serve our growing membership and give you, our network members, the power to easily access important and up-to-date information about pneumonia from anywhere and at anytime. Welcome to our new webpage! Deep Breaths: Blogs from Network Members Can artificial intelligence help win the fight ...
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