The Pneumonia Innovations Network Partners with the American Thoracic Society

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We are pleased to announce that the Pneumonia Innovations Network has partnered with The American Thoracic Society (ATS)!

 

The ATS is a nonprofit organization focused on improving care for pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep-related breathing disorders. The PIN is a member of the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable (PAR), which represents a central component of the ATS and is the patient arm of the Society.   To learn more about the ATS and to get info on the ATS 2019 conference, visit their website.    
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EarlySense Selected by Save the Children for an Evaluation of Neonatal Health Monitoring Technologies in Africa

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The Evaluation is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and targeted to achieve reduction in Neonatal Mortality.

 

Woburn, MA, February 05, 2019 ­– EarlySense, the market leader in contact-free continuous monitoring solutions across the care continuum, announced today that it has been selected for a pilot project with Save the Children, an international nonprofit that works in 120 countries. This work is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Continuous monitoring sensors will be tested first at Aga Khan University - Nairobi teaching hospital and then Pumwani Maternity Hospital, to monitor key health vitals of neonates in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

According to USAID, Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest newborn death rate (34 per 1,000 births), with its infant deaths accounting for one-third of under-five deaths globally. With EarlySense sensors, nurses and physicians will be able to continuously track key vital signs, including heart rate and respiratory rate, as well as motion. This real-time monitoring is designed to provide a broad picture of neonates’ health and alert staff ahead of potential adverse events, enabling them to act quickly to improve care and prevent deaths. The contact-free sensor is placed under the bed mattress and requires no wires or hookups to the neonate.

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Newly released: WHO Operational Guide on Child Death Audits

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The WHO recently released new guidelines, "Improving the quality of paediatric care: an operational guide for facility-based audit and review of paediatric mortality," to Child Health Task Force members. 

 

"This new publication is focused on improving pediatric quality of care by providing guidance for establishing and conducting pediatric death audits and reviews. It assists health providers to identify patterns of morbidity, mortality, modifiable factors, and interventions to improve quality of care and outcomes in health facilities. As quality of care is a cross-cutting theme across our Child Health Task Force subgroups, we hope these guidelines may be of use in your work. Investigating a child's death shows the bereaved family and the community that the life of each child is important, the death is being taken seriously, and health workers are committed to learning and improving their practice."

 

Access the new guidelines here. 

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Dräger launches new respiratory support system for newborns

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PRESS RELEASE: January 28, 2019

 

Dräger has launched a new respiratory support system for newborns: Seattle PAP. Seattle PAP is a patented innovation developed in the USA for the treatment of respiratory distress symptoms in babies and children. It helps respond to the global need for an affordable, easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain respiratory support system for Neonatal Care.

 

How does Seattle PAP work? 

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The recent staggering decline in pneumonia R&D funding

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Pneumonia Innovations Network Co-Chair, Leith Greenslade shares the latest G-Finder Report figures that paint a grim picture: "According to the G-Finder Report, Global R&D funding for pneumonia drops sharply in 2017. Global R&D for pneumonia is at its lowest level since 2008."

 

 

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Action not words needed over biggest public health failure of our time: pneumonia

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The World Economic Forum says Davos 2019 should all be about setting a course for Globalisation 4.0. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

 

by Larry Elliot

Published in The Guardian, 20 January 2019

 

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LiST analysis by JHU updated, pneumonia death projections by country through 2030

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This analysis is based on analysis using the LiST tool performed by Johns Hopkins University. For this analysis, different projections were performed. The modelling looks at the following five scenarios: 1) if we do nothing; 2) increase in Hib and PCV vaccination rates to 90% of higher by 2030; 3) reaching WHA targets for reductions in stunting and wasting and increases in breastfeeding;  4) increasing oral antibiotics for pneumonia and injectable antibiotics for neonatal infection to 90% by 2030 or 5) a combination of 2, 3 and 4.

 

See projections for pneumonia deaths by country here. 

 

 

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Interview with Dr. Ellie Cannon on why so many children are lost to pneumonia in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Listen to this BBC radio interview with Dr. Ellie Cannon as she highlights her trip to a health clinic in the DRC. 

 

Click here to access the audio link. 

 

 

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University of Edinburgh's WPD 2018 Symposium talks now available

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For those who wanted to attend the University of Edinburgh's WPD 2018 Symposium but were unable to attend the event, we have great news:

 

The live stream talks for the event have been recorded and made available! 

 

 

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James Sale of SCUK presents for Brussels WPD2018

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The EU has pioneered Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Health Systems Strengthening in global health. During the event Save the Children tells a story that cuts to the heart of UHC. The story of why pneumonia kills children, shows who and what we neglect in health systems in partner countries. It speaks to the interdependence of health, nutrition, gender equality and access to water and sanitation. Pneumonia is preventable, it shouldn’t be the biggest killer of children. The reasons why it is, shows that poor and marginalised children are still among the most left behind. The solution to ending preventable child deaths from diseases like pneumonia is to strengthen health systems and provide access to healthcare for all.

 

 

Watch James Sale, SCUK Health and Finance Policy Advisor, give an excellent presentation at SC Brussels World Pneumonia Day lunchtime conference in partnership with DG Devco at the European Commission here.

 

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WPD2018 Snapshot: AGIS Côte d'Ivoire Conference

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Chaired by Professor Timité Konan A Marguerite, Honorary Professor of Pediatrics and President of the Ivorian Pediatrics Society, the conference saw the effective participation of the National Mother and The Child Health Program, representing the Ministry of Hygiene and Public Health, also the participation of the Pasteur Institute, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Côte d'Ivoire Red-Cross, the Concern Health Education project of Ghana and Save The Children in Côte d’Ivoire.

 

In Côte d'Ivoire, according to figures from the 2014 and 2015 Annual Health Situation Reports (AHSR), the incidence rate of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) is increasing with more than 202 cases per 1000 children in 2015 as compared to 165 cases out of every 1000 in 2014. ARI, including pneumonia, remain one of the major causes of children under 5 years death. Caused by viruses and bacteria, ARI impact could be reduced by acting on risk factors, particularly respiratory infections, malnutrition and air pollution which is very high in the country.

 

Head of AGIS, Sylla Aboubakar, congratulated conference attendees for active participation at this conference and called upon the organizations to work together to develop interventions to tackle the quiet and killer which is becoming the number one cause of under five mortality in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Save the Children releases new pneumonia videos

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Save the Children has recently released new video content around child pneumonia. 

 

 

View the videos by clicking on each of the video titles or embedded videos below:

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SPRINT program announced by UNICEF

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UNICEF Program Division and Supply Division teams were recently awarded $4M catalytic funding from the UNICEF Office of the Executive Director for 4 years to support the "Scaling Pneumonia Response Innovations" (SPRINT) project. The project will be initially rolled out in two countries (TBD). The project builds upon ongoing UNICEF investments managed by the Markets, Supply Financing, Innovation Center (MSFIC) in Copenhagen.

 

See the SPRINT Project brief below:

 

 

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Pneumonia PCC Bangladesh Team hosts successful WPD2018

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World Pneumonia Day (WPD) 2018 in Bangladesh saw a round table with key stakeholders, a radio show, a TV show, a national rally from a children's hospital to the parliament, a month-long social media campaign, round tables at division and district level, and engaging facilities in Sylhet region. Activities were recapped in The Daily Star article, "Pneumonia still fatal for children," here. 

 

On the eve of WPD2018, Save the Children gathered with government & other key stakeholders in Dhaka for a round table discussion on Bangladesh’s journey so far, the challenges faced, and the necessary next steps in the shared mission for the reduction of  pneumonia-related deaths in under 5s in Bangladesh. See the event summary below:

 

 

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Article authored by Samy Ahmar, SCUK Head of PPQ Health, in French newspaper, Liberation.

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Pneumonie: première tueuse d’enfants au monde mais maladie oubliée

Par Samy Ahmar , directeur Santé, Save the Children — 12 novembre 2018  En 2015, 920 000 d’enfants de moins de cinq ans ont succombé à la pneumonie. Si la communauté internationale ne se mobilise pas, ce seront toujours 800,000 enfants qui en seront victimes en 2030.   Read the full article here.   
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PIN WPD2018 Announcements and Events

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The Missing Piece: Why continued neglect of pneumonia threatens the achievement of health goals

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Released by JustActions, 12 November 2018.

 

"Despite progress in reducing child pneumonia deaths, many countries still have a long way to go to end preventable child deaths by 2030. Others are facing rising deaths among adults, and especially among the elderly, and some are challenged with large “double burdens” of pneumonia deaths among both children and the elderly.

 

In addition to offering course-correction strategies, this report recommends that high-burden countries should introduce pneumonia control strategies to fully protect their most vulnerable populations with the pneumonia-fighting vaccines (Hib, PCV, measles, and RSV, when available), and ensure access to proper diagnosis and treatment, including access to pulse oximetry and oxygen therapy, recommended antibiotics, and therapeutic foods, where necessary. Focused action is also needed to reduce the major risk factors for pneumonia death, especially child wasting, air pollution, and preterm birth among children, and smoking and alcohol use among adults. 

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IVAC releases new report, calls for the global community to collect better data and target communities of greatest need

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IVAC has released a new report that finds health systems falling woefully short of ensuring the most vulnerable children have sufficient access to prevention and treatment services in 15 countries that account for 70% of global pneumonia and diarrhea deaths in children under five.

 

Globally, pneumonia and diarrhea together led to nearly one of every four deaths that occurred in children under five years of age in 2016. The 2018 Pneumonia & Diarrhea Progress Report—released ahead of the 10th annual World Pneumonia Day, on November 12, by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health—describes efforts to fight pneumonia and diarrhea in 15 countries with the greatest number of deaths from these illnesses.

 

The report finds that although countries are making progress toward improved vaccine coverage, they seriously lag in efforts to treat childhood illnesses—especially among populations that are remote, impoverished, or otherwise left behind. 

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University of Edinburgh WPD 2018 Symposium live stream access info released

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If you would like to attend the University of Edinburgh's WPD 2018 Symposium but can't make it to the UK, we have great news: The event will be live streaming, with the stream beginning at 9:00am and going until approximately 5:00pm (see the talk schedule below).

 

 

The link will open on the morning of the event. Please login around 5 to 10 minutes prior to session to ensure a great webinar experience! 

 

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Exciting publications scheduled for release before or on WPD 2018

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Keep your eyes open for several exciting publications scheduled for release before or on WPD 2018:

 

To be released ahead of WPD 2018: The International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will be releasing its ninth annual Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress report.

 

To be released in JAMA Pediatrics, November 12, 2018: Placebo versus amoxicillin for non-severe fast-breathing pneumonia in Malawian children aged 2-59 months: a double-blind, randomized controlled non-inferiority trial

 

To be released in The Lancet Global Health, November 12, 2018: A hundred years after the 1918 influenza pandemic - the role of bacterial vaccines in prevention of pandemic and seasonal influenza mortality
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