Pneumonia or diarrhea are not really things you think of children dying of, at least not here in the U.S.  But globally, these two together account for 29% of all child deaths – a number that is especially shocking given that there are simple ways to prevent and treat most cases. Today, the WHO and UNICEF released The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD), an integrated and intensified effort to reduce deaths and illnesses from these diseases.

In a press release issued by the Rotavirus Organization of Technical Allies (ROTA) Council, Sabin Executive Vice President and ROTA Council Co-Chair Dr. Ciro A. de Quadros, said:

“When taking on big challenges like ending pneumonia and diarrhea deaths in children, we must use every tool we have. By fighting pneumonia and diarrhea together with a comprehensive approach that includes vaccines—like rotavirus and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines—breastfeeding, good nutrition, access to safe drinking water, sanitation, better household air quality, oral rehydration therapy, zinc, antibiotics and oxygen, millions more lives can be saved.”

The announcement has been receiving wide coverage, including on Reuters and The Guardian, and represents an important step in advancing the fight to save the lives of two million children a year.