WHY: Pneumonia claimed the lives of 800,000 children under the age of five in 2018, or one child every 39 seconds. That was more than any other disease. Yet pneumonia remains largely forgotten.
WHAT: On January 29-31, nine leading health and children’s organisations – ISGlobal, Save the Children, UNICEF, Every Breath Counts, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ”la Caixa” Foundation, USAID, Unitaid and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance – will join forces in Barcelona to host the world’s first conference on childhood pneumonia.
Participants at the Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia will agree on concrete steps governments and their partners can take to dramatically reduce child pneumonia deaths. Countries hardest hit by the disease are also expected to make major commitments.
WHEN: 29-31 January 2020
WHERE: CosmoCaixa, c. Isaac Newton, 2608022 Barcelona, Spain
WHO: Key speakers include:
- María Margarita Robles Fernández, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain
- Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF
- Kevin Watkins, CEO of Save the Children
- Osagie Ehanire, Federal Minister of Health, Nigeria
- Florence “DJ Cuppy” Otedola, Nigeria
- Ministers of Health from: Afghanistan, Angola, Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Uganda.
*Italics denote provisional only
Notes to editors
- Live video from the event will be available on January 29 & 30. Live stream links will be listed in advance of the event here.
- Latest agenda and speaker biographers available here: https://stoppneumonia.org/latest/global-forum/
- Handout content and case studies are available here
- For media registration, please contact one of the officers below by January 14, 2020.
Charlotte Rose, Save the Children (London), +44 (0)20 7012 6841 / +44 (0)7831 650409 (out of hours), firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Sabrina Sidhu, UNICEF (New York), +1 9174761537, firstname.lastname@example.org