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
- WHO. Pneumonia Fact Sheet No 331. 2014. Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs331/en/ [Last accessed: June 2015].