Countries gather for the Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia

World’s first conference on childhood pneumonia to take place in Barcelona from January 29-31

13 January 2020
Child being treated for pneumonia
On October 22, 2019, at the National Hospital of Jalapa, Guatemala, Randy Hernández Estrada (6 months old) is being treated for pneumonia.

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:

January 29

  • 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

January 29-30

  • 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:
  • 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), /

Sabrina Sidhu, UNICEF (New York), +1 9174761537,

Media contacts

Sabrina Sidhu
Tel: +1 917 476 1537
Charlotte Rose
Save the Children
Tel: +44 (0)20 7012 6841
Tel: +44 (0)7831 650409


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