Dr. Keith Klugman, director for pneumonia, leads the Gates Foundation's work to improve the development and delivery of pneumonia vaccines and expand the use of antibiotic treatments and diagnostic tools.
Keith is a leading expert on antibiotic resistance in pneumonia pathogens and helped develop the pneumococcal vaccine that is now part of the immunization regimen for children born in the United States and is being rolled out globally. Keith was the William H. Foege Professor of Global Health and Professor of Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University as well as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Emory School of Medicine. In addition, he still serves as Honorary Professor in the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Keith has chaired or served on numerous expert committees for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among other American and international organizations, and has published more than 450 scientific papers on the subjects of pneumonia, meningitis, antimicrobial resistance, and vaccines for bacterial pathogens, which have been sited more than 20,000 times to date. He is currently the President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.
Keith trained in South Africa and did his post-doctoral research at Rockefeller University in New York.
November 28, 2016 / Keith Klugman, Anita Zaidi
On #GivingTuesday – a day of donating and volunteering to kick off the holiday season – we wanted to share a few organizations that inspire us and our work.
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November 12, 2015 / Keith Klugman
On this World Pneumonia Day, I am proud to announce new grants to ten scientists working on nine projects in seven countries to test out-of-the-box ideas to improve pneumonia detection.
September 03, 2014 / Keith Klugman, Dr. Niteen Wairagkar
A landmark study shows that influenza vaccination of pregnant women is safe and protects women and their infants against the flu.
"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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