The Mérieux Foundation and the Every Breath Counts coalition announce the winners of the World Pneumonia Day small grants awards
The Mérieux Foundation and Every Breath Counts awarded 11 non-profit organizations small grants to support World Pneumonia Day events that strengthen local engagement in the fight against pneumonia.
The winning organizations are based in:
- Côte d’Ivoire: ONG Agis
- Nigeria: Bako Youth Development Foundation
- Malawi: Focus on Ability Society
- Uganda: Makerere University Lung Institute
- Cameroon: Hope for Vulnerable Children Association
- Zimbabwe: Community Working Group on Health
- India: Rural Women Development Trust
- Nepal: Center for Health and Disease Studies
- Bangladesh: Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
- the Philippines: Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation
- Pakistan: Nur Foundation
Each winner will receive 2,000 Euros to host activities during a World Pneumonia Week of Action beginning on November 7, 2022 and culminating in World Pneumonia Day on November 12, 2022. Several activities will be showcased during a Virtual World Pneumonia Day Webinar: “Fighting Pneumonia: An Agenda for Action,” on November 14, 2022.
The 11 winners were selected from 60 outstanding proposals reviewed by three judges – Dr. Valentina Picot of the Mérieux Foundation, Dr. Chizoba Wonodi from the International Vaccine Access Center, Johns Hopkins University and Leith Greenslade from Every Breath Counts.
The fight to reduce deaths from pneumonia has never been more critical.
The combined impact of the pandemic, climate change, and war is placing millions at risk of infection and death. Children living in areas where vaccination rates are declining, and malnutrition is rising due to food shortages, are particularly vulnerable. UNICEF has predicted an explosion in child deaths if there are not urgent efforts to reach these children.
Most of the populations dangerously exposed to pneumonia live in a group of low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, including the 11 countries that are home to the winning entries. Their efforts to mobilize communities to educate and empower families, and strengthen health systems to more effectively prevent, diagnosis, and treat pneumonia, will make a major difference.
The jury congratulates the winning organizations and look forward to showcasing their efforts on World Pneumonia Day to inspire many more communities to take action.
Dr. Valentina Picot
Every Breath Counts Coalition
|Winners of the World Pneumonia Day Small Grants Awards 2022|
|ONG Agis||Côte d’Ivoire||Digital Lung Week||November 7-12, 2022|
|Bako Youth Development Foundation||Nigeria||Let Us Fight Pneumonia!||November 7-14, 2022|
|Hope for Vulnerable Children Association||Cameroon||Road Show Activation for Pneumonia||November 9 & 11, 2022|
|Makerere University Lung Institute||Uganda||Improving Oxygen Systems and Utilization to Avert Childhood Pneumonia Deaths in Uganda||October 24 2022 – November 12 2022|
|Focus on Ability Society||Malawi||Pneumonia Football and Netball Bonanza||October 24 2022 – November 12 2022|
|Community Working Group on Health||Zimbabwe||Community Management of Pneumonia to strengthen PHC for UHC||November 6-12, 2022|
|Rural Women Development Trust||India||Health camps for the unreached rural population in Salem District, Tamil Nadu||November 7-12, 2022|
|Nur Foundation||Pakistan||Enhancing the Role of Lady Health Workers in Community Case Management of Pneumonia||November 9, 2022|
|Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology of Bangladesh||Bangladesh||Building Awareness on Pneumonia Prevention and Control||November 7-12, 2022|
|Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation||Philippines||Building Awareness and Reducing Deaths from Pneumonia in Select Areas of Central Luzon||August – December 2022|
|Center for Health and Disease Studies||Nepal||Pneumonia Awareness Campaign for Expectant Mother in Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital||November 7-14, 2022|