Worldwide, pneumonia takes the lives of more young children than any other disease – more than 100 every hour of every day. The single biggest cause of fatal pneumonia in childhood is preventable with a vaccine.
Established in 2009, World Pneumonia Day is marked every year on November 12th to:
- Raise awareness about pneumonia, the world’s leading infectious killer of children under the age of 5
- Promote interventions to protect against, prevent, and treat pneumonia and highlight proven approaches and solutions in need of additional resources and attention
- Generate action, including continued donor investment, to combat pneumonia and other common, yet sometimes deadly, childhood diseases