Guest blog from Dr. Kate O’Brien Pediatrician, epidemiologist, Deputy Director of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA, Winner of the 2011 US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Despite being a preventable and treatable disease, one child dies from pneumonia every 20 seconds, almost 99% of whom live in the developing world. As a result of this immense inequity, UNICEF has called pneumonia the “forgotten killer of children”.
Last week, the GAVI Alliance announced the approval of a new wave of funding for lifesaving vaccines for children around the world. With resources garnered from its successful pledging conference in June (in part due to advocacy from ACTION partners), the GAVI Alliance Executive Committee reviewed and approved financing applications for 37 countries to roll out new and underused vaccines.