World Pneumonia Day

Established in 2009, World Pneumonia Day is marked every year on November 12th to:

  • Raise awareness about pneumonia, the world’s leading killer of children under the age of five;
  • Promote interventions to protect against, prevent and treat pneumonia; and
  • Generate action to combat pneumonia.

Pneumonia is the #1 killer of children under age 5 worldwide – responsible for nearly one in five global child deaths annually.1 In 2011 alone, 1.3 million young children died from this preventable and treatable illness.

In recognition of the 4th annual World Pneumonia Day on November 12, we call on country leaders to prioritize efforts and investments to reduce the number of preventable child deaths worldwide by supporting and implementing the measures outlined in the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP).

The issue

More than 99 percent of deaths from pneumonia occur in the developing world, where access to health care facilities and treatment is out of reach for many children. Investments in preventing, treating, and protecting children against the two leading killers of young children – pneumonia and diarrhea – have contributed to significant declines in child mortality over the last decade, but there is more to be done. Tackling these two diseases will make the greatest strides toward reducing child deaths and achieving Millennium Development Goal 4.

To advance progress, we must continue to scale up interventions that we know will save children’s lives, including continued access to vaccines, proper antibiotic treatment, improved sanitation, as well as the promotion of practices such as exclusive breastfeeding, frequent hand washing, care seeking, and use of clean cookstoves to reduce indoor air pollution.

Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia

The Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia provides leadership for World Pneumonia Day and is comprised of over 140 NGOs, academic institutions, government agencies and foundations.