Clinton Health Access Initiative: Every Breath Counts

Clinton Health Access Initiative: Every Breath Counts

Training health workers and caregivers to spot pneumonia—and act

Situation: Pneumonia is the top killer in children under 5, and yet only 4% of severe pneumonia cases are correctly diagnosed. In high burden areas for pneumonia, health workers and caregivers fail to identify signs of pneumonia before it’s too late.

Insight: Training of healthcare workers to correctly diagnose children with severe pneumonia is needed for children to get effective treatment and save thousands of lives, but this can be difficult in resource-limited contexts.

Approach: McCann Global Health worked to develop creative communications that addressed the critical challenges to preventing and treating childhood pneumonia. Through a process that involved in-country market testing, stakeholder input, and iteration, we created resources that ensured that all key stakeholders have the tools to support the fight against childhood pneumonia.

Outputs: Created a logo and brand identity, PSAs, health worker and caretaker training videos, and an online platform to support the activities of the Every Breath Counts communication campaign. We designed all materials to be adaptable, using simple Microsoft applications. The suite of educational tools for 10 high-burden countries was aimed at raising awareness about, and spurring investment in, child pneumonia prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Emphasizing interpersonal communication, all materials enable program facilitators to train health workers to educate caregivers in turn. First launched in Uganda, the program has since been rolled out across Africa and South Asia.