To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to prevent deaths from pneumonia in developing countries in children under five years old; and if she will make a statement.
The UK is the largest donor to Gavi, the global vaccine alliance that provides developing countries with pneumococcol to vaccinate against pneumonia. 109 million children were vaccinated between 2010 and 2016, thanks to Gavi’s support, saving an estimated 762,000 lives.
DFID supports Gavi’s Pneumococcol Advanced Market commitment which reduces costs, enabling 58 countries to introduce vaccinations. We also support countries to build stronger health systems that can respond to existing disease burdens and emerging health issues, including pneumonia.