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Date of preparation: March 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) response

The WHO and UNICEF integrated Global action plan for pneumonia and diarrhoea (GAPPD) aims to accelerate pneumonia control with a combination of interventions to protect, prevent and treat pneumonia in children with the following objectives: 1

  • Protect children from pneumonia including promoting exclusive breastfeeding and adequate complementary feeding 
  • Prevent pneumonia with vaccinations, hand washing with soap, reducing household air pollution, HIV prevention and cotrimoxazole prophylaxis for HIV-infected and exposed children
  • Treat pneumonia to ensure that every sick child has access to the right kind of care - either from a community-based health worker, or in a health facility if the disease is severe; and can get the antibiotics and oxygen they need to recover


  1. WHO. Pneumonia Fact Sheet No 331. 2014. Available at: [Last accessed: June 2015].