Developing Countries: Pneumonia

Department for International Development written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to tackle pneumonia in developing countries.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is the largest donor to Gavi, the global vaccine alliance, which provides developing countries with pneumococcal vaccine to protect against the main cause of pneumonia. 109 million children were given this vaccine between 2010 and 2016, thanks to Gavi’s support, saving an estimated 762,000 lives.

DFID supports Gavi’s Pneumococcol Advanced Market commitment, an innovative funding mechanism that incentivises pharmaceutical companies to produce vaccines for the world’s poorest countries at an affordable cost. DFID also supports countries to build stronger health systems that can respond to existing disease burdens and emerging health issues, including pneumonia, and works to tackle malnutrition, a key risk factor for severe pneumonia.

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