PATH seeks collaborators for launch of global action plan on pneumonia and diarrhoea

27 FEBRUARY 2013 | WASHINGTON - WHO and UNICEF are poised to release a Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD). The action plan is intended as guidance for national governments and their partners in country. While the final plan is not yet available, a consultation draft that was circulated in December addressed the imperative for equity, the importance of integration across WASH and health interventions, and the need for renewed and sustained action.

WHO and UNICEF are to release the GAPPD at a news conference in London on 12 April 2013. The news conference will also announce the publication of four articles in The Lancet that bring together the evidence on burden and need as well as the interventions. There are also tentative plans for an April 12 event intended more for policy audiences in Washington, D.C. supported by US AID.

The release of the GAPPD is a critical opportunity to focus attention on two leading killers of children under five and the solutions needed to significantly reduce the death and illness they cause. PMNCH member PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) has offered to coordinate outreach that will complement and augment the official release by bringing additional voices into the mix—especially nongovernmental organizations/civil society organizations (both global and national) and stakeholders in high-burden countries. The focus of this effort will be on online and written materials that will showcase these additional voices, rather than separate events.

PATH is searching for interested international nongovernmental organizations to identify one “point of contact” for working with the group. The following conference calls are currently scheduled for collaboration on this effort:
4 March 2013 (3:30 pm BT) — for organizations in the UK
14 March 2013 (1-3 pm ET) — for organizations in DC/US

Additional conference calls will also be scheduled.

PATH is asking for interested organizations to give some advance thought to key opinion leaders and other influential contacts in the highest-burden countries that might be willing to collaborate on the GAPPD; the objective is to line up a number of statements echoing the main themes of the action plan.

If interested, please contact PATH by sending an email to with your interest in participating, your POC, and your availability for the proposed meetings.