WHO/UNICEF : Global action plan for prevention and control of pneumonia (GAPP)

2 NOVEMBER 2009 | GENEVA/NEW YORK - A comprehensive action plan that can save up to 5.3 million children from dying of pneumonia by 2015 is being launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Pneumonia kills 1.8 million children under five years of age every year, more than any other illness, in every region of the world. In spite of its huge toll, relatively few global resources are dedicated to tackling this child killer.

In response to this situation, WHO and UNICEF developed the Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of Pneumonia (GAPP). The aim of the GAPP is to increase awareness of pneumonia as a major cause of child death and spur action to deal more effectively with the problem