In 2017, in the lead up to our 100th anniversary, we launched our centenary commitment to fight childhood pneumonia.
What makes pneumonia so disturbing is that pneumonia-related deaths are preventable, and pneumonia is treatable. Effective vaccines can prevent most cases. With early and accurate diagnosis, simple antibiotics costing $0.70 cents can treat childhood pneumonia. More severe cases can also be managed with medical oxygen – a treatment that is universally available to citizens in rich countries.
Our commitment was created as a vital strategy to address the systemic failings that are contributing to a deceleration of pneumonia-related child deaths compared to the progress seen in other disease areas.