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Media Advisory: Event on technologies to fight pneumonia - the leading infectious killer in children


WHAT: Pneumonia kills almost 900,000 children under five years of age every year. UNICEF will co-host a day-long event with Spain’s “la Caixa” Banking Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discuss technological advances to fight pneumonia. Experts will analyze how tech devices can be used to diagnose and treat children with pneumonia in remote areas. Several partnerships will be announced to target worst-affected countries.


- Stefan Peterson Swartling, Chief Health Section, UNICEF
- Keith Klugman, Director (Pneumonia), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- David Milestone, ‎Acting Director, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII), USAID
- Michael R. Reich, Director, Takemi Program in International Health, Harvard University
- Dr. Laura J. Frost, Co-Founder and Partner, Global Health Insights
- Kris Torgeson, Global CEO, Lifebox Foundation
- ‎Jim Black, Director and Chief Medical Officer, FREO2 Pty Ltd
- Kristoffer Gandrup-Marino, Chief of Innovation, Supply Division, UNICEF
- Dr. Bernard Olayo, Center for Public Health & Development, Kenya
- Dr Mary Muhindo, Tororo District Hospital, Uganda
- Dr Quique Bassat Orellana, Researcher, Barcelona Institute of Global Health

WHEN: 10am – 5 pm EST, Friday, 3 November 2017.

WHERE: Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 United Nations Plaza, New York City.

WHY: One child dies every 35 seconds from pneumonia. Along with diarrhea, pneumonia kills about 1.4 million children under five years of age each year, more than all other childhood illnesses combined. Thousands of lives can be saved through timely diagnosis, vaccination and treatment.


Note to Editors
For interviews with experts, please contact Sabrina Sidhu, +1917 476 1537, ssidhu@unicef.org or Diana Valcárcel, UNICEF, dvalcarcel@unicef.es , +34- 606 70 72 12


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For more information, please contact: Sabrina Sidhu, UNICEF New York, + 1 212 824 6583, +1917 476 1537, ssidhu@unicef.org




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