Project Lead(s): Carlos Canelo-Aybar
Every year, pneumonia kills 2.5 million children under five, most of them in developing countries. Peru, in particular, has above-average mortality numbers. Standard pneumonia diagnosis is based on respiratory rate (RR) or Oxygen Saturation (Sa02). However, the reference values established at sea level cannot be used at high altitude, which is a problem in the Andean Region, where a large number of people reside over 1,500 meters. Recognizing the need to improve diagnosis accuracy and prognosis of pneumonia in children under five years in the Andean region, this novel project will determine clinical reference values for pneumonia diagnosis at different higher altitudes. A mobile app integrating a score, with appropriate reference values to each altitudinal level, will help guide community health workers in the evaluation of children.
This project is funded under a collaborative agreement between CONCYTEC (Peru’s National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation) and Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada) to support Stars in Global Health innovators based in Peru.