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.

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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

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