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August 23, 2013

SickKids hosts all-star cast of global child health experts for forum on diarrhea and pneumonia

To mark the Canadian launch of the recently released Lancet Series on Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea, SickKids’ newly formed Centre for Global Child Health invited three of the series’ primary authors to a panel discussion on July 31.

The two diseases account for almost 30 per cent of child deaths under the age of five; while there are cost-effective interventions available that would virtually eliminate deaths caused by diarrhea and greatly reduce those caused by pneumonia, more action is required.  

Thanks to funding from the Canadian Network for Newborn, Maternal & Child Health (CAN-MNCH), a video of the event is available on the SickKidsInteractive channel on YouTube.

Speakers included Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, who recently joined the SickKids team as the Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health and Policy Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health; Dr. Robert E. Black, Professor and Director of the Institute for International Programs in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Dr. Mickey Chopra, Chief of Health and Associate Director of Programmes at UNICEF, New York.

The program was chaired by Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, Chief, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, and began with a special address by Member of Parliament, Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Christian Paradis.

The session was rounded out with these talks:

Research Priorities for Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhea, presented by Dr. Alvin Zipursky, Chair and Scientific Director, Programme for Global Paediatric Research, Centre for Global Child Health, SickKids; and Kerri Wazny, Research Project Coordinator, Programme for Global Paediatric Research, Centre for Global Child Health, SickKids.

Canadian Contribution, presented by: Dr. Helen Scott, Director, Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; and Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

See the video