Championing the fight to stop pneumonia
Pneumonia is the world’s biggest infectious killer of adults and children – claiming 2.5 million lives, including 672,000 children under five, in 2019.
That’s one person dying every 13 seconds. Yet pneumonia remains a neglected disease – a “global cause without champions”.
COVID-19 will add 3.6 million to the death toll in 2021, bringing the total number of respiratory infection deaths to more than 6 million. No other infection causes this burden of death.
Unless we take action now to reduce pneumonia deaths and the risk of further respiratory infection pandemics, millions more adults and children will die from pneumonia over the next decade.