Development of a global action plan for the prevention and control of pneumonia (GAPP)
Report of an informal consultation, Switzerland, 25-27 February 2008
Nearly two million children under five year of age die of pneumonia every year, making it the single most important killer. To address pneumonia mortality, WHO, and UNICEF have initiated a Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP) in the context of our child survival strategy. Other collaborators and stakeholders are the Hib Initiative and PneumoADIP.
A steering group comprising of members from WHO and UNICEF has been formed. GAPP aims to accelerate overall pneumonia prevention and control in the context of integrated interventions for child survival, by identifying priority activities that need to be conducted within each respective area of work to reduce pneumonia mortality.
This report describes the proceedings of a meeting in which leading experts in the field discuss the comprehensive reviews in epidemiology, immunization, nutrition, indoor air pollution and case management of pneumonia, developed a technical consensus to achieve prevention and control of pneumonia and outline next steps to move GAPP activities forward.