Dr. Alejandro Videla

Head of the Pulmonology Service, Hospital Universitario Austral, Argentina

Dr. Alfredo Guerreros

Corporate Medical Director of the International Clinic, Peru

Dr. Carlos Álvarez

Director of UNICEF, Peru

Dr. Carlos del Río

IDSA The Infectious Diseases Society of America President

Dr. Catia Cilloniz

Associate Professor, University of Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Charles Dela Cruz

Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, USA

Dr. Cesar Munayco Escate

General Director of the National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Disease Control, Peru

Dr. Chris Murray

Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), USA

Dr. Claudio Lanata

Researcher, Nutritional Research Institute, Peru

Dr. Gail Rodgers

Deputy Director, Pneumonia, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Gisela Robles

Global Burden of Disease Reseacher, The Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, UK

Dr. Jarbas Barbosa

Director of the Pan American Health Organization

Dr. Juana del Valle

Teacher Researcher, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas-UPC, Peru

Eng. Lucio Flavio de Magalhaes Brito

Lancet Global Health Oxygen Commissioner, Brazil

Dr. Murat Ozturk

Senior Advisor, Revolving Fund for Access to Vaccines, PAHO, USA

Dr. Patricia J. García

Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Peru

Dr. Patricia Rivera

President of the American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Dr. Pilar Collantes

President Voces Ciudadanas, Peru

Dr. Roberto Accinelli

Director of Height Research Institute, Peru

Dr. Romina Libster

Vaccine Trials Network Director, Vaccines and respiratory viruses research, USA

Dr. Walter Curioso

Vice-Rector for Research, Continental University, Peru

Dr. William Checkley

Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Dr. Yasir Bin Nisar

Medical Officer, WHO

Dear Colleagues, Friends, and General Public

It is a great pleasure –as the Global Conference Chair– to welcome you to the 3rd Global Conference for World Pneumonia Day, which takes place on November 10th, 2023 in Lima, Peru.

Pneumonia is the world’s biggest infectious killer, claiming 2.5 million lives, including 672,000 children under five years, in 2019 alone. That is one person dying every 13 seconds. Yet pneumonia remains a neglected disease. The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly placed respiratory tract infections at the centre of public health. In 2021, the estimated burden of deaths from respiratory infections, including COVID-19, was a massive 6 million.

With the theme “Reducing the burden of pneumonia in the Americas”, the 3rd Global Conference for World Pneumonia Day will explore the impact of pneumonia in a region where 323,000 people are dying each year, including 20,700 children under five years of age.

Pneumonia is a preventable disease. Unless we take action now to reduce pneumonia deaths, and with a high risk of another respiratory infection pandemic, millions more adults and children will die from pneumonia over the next decade.

Dr. Catia Cilloniz

Chairman of the 3rd Global Conference for World Pneumonia Day

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