FYD marks World HIV AIDS Day with Rally

FYD on Tuesday, 1st December, 2009 in Lagos, Nigerian, took part, along side notable International and Non-Governmental Organizations, in the 2009 HIV AIDS Day.The Rally organized withnessed attandance of Young people from all across Nigeria.

FYD FIGHTS PNEUMONIA. MARKS WORLD PNEUMONIA'S DAY

Pneumonia is the leading cause

of death in children under five around the world, taking the life of one child every 23 seconds. But until recently, pneumonia has received little of the attention it deserves.

In 2009, WHO and UNICEF released the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP) showing that pneumonia deaths could be reduced by two-thirds if existing interventions to protect against, prevent, and treat pneumonia could be scaled up to reach 90 percent of the world's children. Targets set by GAPP now provide measures for tracking progress in pneumonia control.

Motivated by GAPP, a diverse group of organizations formed the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia. Working together, the Coalition launched the first World Pneumonia Day (WPD) in 2009, to raise awareness and generate action to reduce child mortality from pneumonia. The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) then partnered with the GAVI Alliance, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and Best Shot Foundation to create the Small Grants Program to fund a wide variety of events around the world for WPD.

This report focuses on the WPD 2011 activities in Nigeria, the country with the second highest burden of childhood mortality from pneumonia, after India. Although Nigeria lags behind in key GAPP and child mortality indicators, progress in combatting pneumonia has begun under the leadership of the Nigerian government, and with the support of a host of dedicated partners. Increasing coverage of routine vaccines and introducing new vaccines against the two leading causes of fatal pneumonia Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and pneumococcus” are high priorities for Nigeria. But vaccination is not the only strategy for pneumonia control‚ interventions to increase breastfeeding rates, reduce exposure to indoor smoke, and improve access to treatment must also be implemented to truly succeed in this fight.

(WPD, 2011 Report)


 
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