Worldwide, most people are unaware of the severity of major issues in child health, such as pneumonia, the number one killer of children under age 5 around the globe. To combat this lack of understanding, the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia was formed and the first World Pneumonia Day was launched in November 2009 to raise pneumonia awareness. In just five years, World Pneumonia Day has earned international recognition among health leaders, medical professionals, journalists, activists and community advocates as the day for the world to collectively raise its voice and take action on behalf of the millions of children who die from pneumonia each year.
Projects were completed in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Haiti, India, Nigeria, Philippines and Zambia.
For the 2011 Small Grants Program, 24 organizations working in 14 countries were awarded grants. Their inspiring efforts served to raise awareness about the fight against childhood pneumonia in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Moldova, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda and Zambia.
To find out more about small grantees’ and other successful advocacy and awareness-raising events in the past, please see our World Pneumonia Day reports: