The International Vaccine Access Center, located in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has released its 2021 Pneumonia & Diarrhea Progress Report Card.
The annual report tracks progress against two of the leading killers of children worldwide: pneumonia and diarrhea. This year’s report illuminates the emerging direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on achieving targets for progress in child health. Although the pandemic threatened access to immunization across the globe, several countries made substantial progress through vaccine introductions, according to a press release.
Each year, IVAC evaluates progress across 10 key indicators outlined in the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD) in the 15 countries with the greatest burden of under-five pneumonia and diarrhea deaths in children under 5.