This story is a part of the World Pneumonia Day (WPD) 2017 Global Activities Round-Up Series. This year, countries around the world held events and campaigns. In Nigeria, diverse stakeholders conducted outreach on social media, issued reports, and conducted outreach events to raise awareness about pneumonia.
In India, 392,859 under-fives were killed by pneumonia in 2004. The figure fell considerably by 2015 to 178,717. This still equated to more than 20 children every hour. Pneumonia remains one of the country’s biggest child killers, and India does seem to be making some progress in reducing its impact.
15% of all under-five deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo are due to pneumonia, making it the single biggest killer of the country’s children. In 2000, the disease killed 41,587 under-fives, rising to 45,812 in 2015. DRC is one of seven African countries where the under-five mortality rate (U5MR) has risen over the last 15 years, largely due to pneumonia.
World Pneumonia Day, marked every year on November 12, was established 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. Learn more about how to get involved.