Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ministries of Health
Scientific Advisory Committee
This project identified the most accurate, acceptable, scalable and user-friendly respiratory rate (RR) timers and pulse oximeters for diagnosis of pneumonia symptoms in children by community health workers (CHWs) and first level health facility workers (FLHFW) in four low-income countries.
Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death in children under five in both Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. A large number of the children who die from pneumonia do so as a result of inappropriate treatment due to misdiagnosis of symptoms. In order to tackle the large number of childhood deaths from this preventable and treatable disease, ministries of health are investing in community health workers to deliver lifesaving diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics.