Pneumonia is the world’s leading infectious killer of children, claiming one child every 39 seconds. Yet pneumonia remains a neglected disease. It has been called a “global cause without champions”.

The good news is that new champions – including the Stop Pneumonia Initiative and the Every Breath Counts Coalition – have joined forces to galvanise urgently needed action about this forgotten epidemic.

The Stop Pneumonia initiative

Stop Pneumonia is an initiative that provides a voice for communities who suffer from the devastating consequences of the disease and who lack access to lifesaving interventions.

Stop Pneumonia was spearheaded by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. On World Pneumonia Day – 12 November – the global health community comes together to recognize the importance of fighting pneumonia.

Read more about the initiative

The Every Breath Counts Coalition

The Every Breath Counts Coalition is a public-private partnership to support national governments to end preventable child pneumonia deaths by 2030.

This global coalition of UN agencies, businesses, donors and NGOs have committed to supporting governments in 10 countries with some of the highest burdens of pneumonia. The 40 members provide support to close the critical gaps in pneumonia prevention, diagnosis and treatment, which could save hundreds of thousands of child pneumonia deaths each year.

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World Pneumonia Day

World Pneumonia Day, marked every year on 12 November, was established by the Stop Pneumonia Initiative in 2009 to raise awareness about the toll of pneumonia – a leading killer of children around the world – and to advocate for global action to protect against, help prevent and effectively treat this deadly illness.

Read more about World Pneumonia Day 2019

News & updates

New global data, in-country success stories, op-eds from experts. You can find it all here.

Latest posts
  • The Every Breath Counts Coalition is extremely concerned that the COVID-19 virus will cross into the countries that are already experiencing heavy burdens of pneumonia deaths, especially among children, and is urging support for national preparedness to control an outbreak of viral pneumonia in these countries.

  • Read how the Every Breath Counts Coalition supported the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health to develop a Pneumonia Control Strategy between January 2019 and 2020. Coalition members including USAID, the Nigerian offices of Dalberg, Save the Children, UNICEF and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) joined forces to support the process.

  • For three days in late January 2020, 400 individuals from 60 countries gathered in Barcelona to work out better ways to fight the leading infectious threat to child survival - pneumonia. Leith Greenslade, coordinator of the Every Breath Counts Coalition, a 40-member public-private partnership, reflects on what was achieved and what it means for children.

  • The first Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia. A snapshot through photos.

  • The challenges in pneumonia diagnosis in low-resource settings have been well documented. The current method routinely used involves community health workers manually counting a child’s breath for one minute - the respiratory rate. This is often not done, or done poorly, frequently leading to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.

  • New Unitaid-funded initiative is a key step toward improving primary health care and reducing childhood mortality

We all have a role to play in ending preventable child pneumonia deaths by 2030

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