Celebrating the Champions on the Frontlines of the

Fight Against a Big, Silent Killer

Pneumonia, you many not know, kills almost 1 million children under 5 each year – more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

But despite being the #1 infectious disease threat to our children, pneumonia has not been prioritized by governments, companies or civil society.

But there are people who, year after year and decade after decade, are on the frontlines protecting children from pneumonia.

They include:

  • Health workers who vaccinate children with the pneumonia-fighting vaccines and diagnose and treat the children who do get sick with antibiotics and oxygen;
  • Government employees who work tirelessly to try and get their own departments and political leaders to invest more in pneumonia;
  • Company employees who design new products and services and persuade their management to invest;
  • University students who innovate new products and spin-off start-ups to commercialize them;
  • UN agency staff who mobilize the UN network to elevate child pneumonia on the global health agenda;
  • Academics who undertake the research necessary to shape public policies; and
  • NGO staff who take the research and design and implement new programs that have greater impact.

Spread all over the world, and often unknown even to each other, these are the people you never hear about and yet so many children’s lives depend on the progress they make, day after day, year after year.

They are hidden heroes fighting a silent killer and on World Pneumonia Day (November 12th), JustActions is proud to recognize their work and thank them, and ask you to thank them too.

Here are the ten new PneumoniaFighters! for 2017 (in alphabetical order):

(1) Quique Bassat (Barcelona Institute for Global Health), (2) HRH Infanta Cristina of Spain (“la Caixa” Foundation), (3) David Fleming (PATH), (4) Kristoffer Gandrup-Marino (UNICEF), (5) Keith Klugman (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), (6) Cammie Lee (Results for Development), (7) Carolyn Miles (Save the Children), (8) Ngozi Onwudiwe (Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria), (9) Shamim Qazi (WHO), and (10) Kate Schroder (Clinton Health Access Initiative).

You can also find them on Twitter at #PneumoniaFighters.  Please thank them using their twitter handles and share their good work widely with your networks.