Collaboration for action at the Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia
Individuals from across the RESPIRE collaboration joined efforts at the Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia, to catalyse action on the disease.
The world’s first Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia, held in Barcelona on 29 – 31 January 2020, was billed as a “critical opportunity to galvanise the action needed to save lives.”
The Forum brought together 300 participants, including government ministers and senior planners from high-burden countries, leaders of the United Nations and multilateral development agencies, major donors, non-governmental organisations, and corporations, and the pneumonia research community.
RESPIRE at the Forum
Among those attending from RESPIRE was Co-Director Professor Harry Campbell, who delivered a keynote speech during Thursday’s session. His presentation provided an overview of the evidence gaps and research challenges in relation to child pneumonia, and drew attention to the importance of effective implementation.
Providing a platform for the next generation of pneumonia researchers, RESPIRE PhD student Lois King was invited to speak ahead of the keynote. Drawing on findings of her on-going PhD research into the governance of childhood pneumonia in Bangladesh, her presentation examined the prioritisation of childhood pneumonia at both a global and national level.
Also part of the event programme, Professor Debby Bogaert joined a roundtable discussion addressing the research gap, alongside representatives from the WHO and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust.
Representing icddr,b, Professor Shams El Arifeen and Dr Mohammod Jobayer Chisti joined delegates at the event.
The Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia have released a Final Declaration which highlights key actions and a commitment to collaboration in an effort to curb childhood pneumonia deaths.