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Back 12 April 2013

Fight against pneumonia and diarrhoea in children under five

The Integrated Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) is a critical plan to achieving MDG4. The plan supports and contributes towards the goals of the UNSG’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s’ Health and Every Woman Every Child. It is also a crucial part of achieving the goals of “A Promise Renewed”. Its implementation relies on the continued efforts around the introduction of new vaccines and its sustained coverage, as well as on the work of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, and in particular the working group on pneumonia and diarrhoea. It relies on a strong coordination with partners in the areas of water and sanitation. With full implementation, more than 2 million children’s lives can be saved a year.
Survive children under 5
WHO and UNICEF are working with Governments and other partners to support countries to implement the GAPPD. Tomorrow, in Zambia, high-level country representatives are gathering to renew their commitment to child survival around the banner of A Promise Renewed. As part of that commitment, activities will follow later in the year to introduce new vaccines to protect children from both diseases. Plans to scale up the integrated approach to tackle pneumonia and diarrhea in the country will also be discussed. Many other countries will follow.

Success requires the effective engagement of all relevant stakeholders and intersectoral collaboration. The GAPPD includes guidance on specific actions necessary from governments as well as from partners.

GAPPD Report and documents is available at www.who.int  and Lancet Special issue  

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