BBC News: Pneumonia vaccine 'to save thousands of lives'

This from BBC News. In summary, Save The Children are raising concerns about the shortfall in funding available to GAVI to continue the supply and administration of two essential childhood vaccines, one for pneumonia and the other for rotavirus – the main cause of serious diarrhoea.

GAVI is facing a £500m per annum shortfall over the next 5 years, a total of just £2.5b.

Pneumonia and diarrhoea account for a third of all deaths in young children in the developing world. GAVI and Save the Children say a comprehensive roll-out of the pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines could potentially prevent more than one million deaths annually.

Fergus Walsh says:

Pneumonia has been called the forgotten killer. It does not get the same attention as HIV/Aids or malaria. Yet it claims the lives of more young children worldwide than both of them combined.

About Kevin Duffy

Interim Management and Consulting - Global Healthcare Development. Kevin has over ten years of senior management experience in the delivery of healthcare services in Africa and South Asia. His current focus is on the strategic development of policy, guidance, and tools to help healthcare organisations achieve sustainable impact – balancing the need to become financially sustainable, with the mission of ensuring equitable access to affordable healthcare services.
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