Championing the fight against pneumonia

Pneumonia is the single biggest infectious killer of children, claiming over 800,000 lives annually. Yet pneumonia remains a neglected disease. And the numbers are coming down far too slowly to achieve the 2030 ambition of ending preventable child deaths.

This year on the 10th anniversary of World Pneumonia Day12 November 2019 – we are championing the fight against pneumonia.

We know that urgent and decisive action could save many lives through immunisation, or early and accurate diagnosis followed by treatment with antibiotics, or referral for oxygen treatment. We need to extend the reach, quality and equity of health systems so that the children facing the greatest risks receive the care they need.

This World Pneumonia Day, we are calling for concrete action from governments and other stakeholders in the lead-up to the Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia in January 2020.

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RESOURCES

Fighting for Breath – A Call to Action to Stop Children Dying of Pneumonia
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Fighting for Breath (French version) Download report

Fighting for Breath (Spanish version) Download report

Media release on World Pneumonia Day: New report shows pneumonia killed 800,000 children worldwide last year, more than any other disease
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GAPP-D Report Card
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Country briefings
More detailed information about the top high-burden countries. Click on a country name to download the briefing.

India
Indonesia
Bangladesh
Nigeria
Ethiopia
Democratic Republic of Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo (French version)
Kenya
Somalia
South Sudan

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World Pneumonia Day – a decade on

In 2009, a diverse group of committed doctors, advocates, academics, UN officials and business people came together to change the way the world responded to pneumonia, the “forgotten killer of children”. When they launched the first World Pneumonia Day in November, pneumonia was killing 1.2 million children each year.

Read our blog post, written by Leith Greenslade from the Every Breath Counts Coalition, to find out what’s changed in the decade since then – the progress that has been made, and the still-daunting challenge ahead.

Latest posts
  • In early 2015, Nepal became one of the first countries in Southeast Asia to introduce pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) nationwide. But the path to this pioneering decision was long and often uncertain. We now know that Nepal, like much of Southeast Asia, bears a significant...

  • Despite global progress in fighting some of the deadliest diseases, including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, progress in combating one common infection — pneumonia — has been much slower. Even with the tools and resources we must defeat it: pneumonia remains the leading infectious killer of children under the age of five. In 2016 alone, pneumonia killed more than 800,000 children.

  • Every day, preventable deaths occur because of a lack of medical oxygen. Medical oxygen treats a wide range of critical conditions – premature infants in respiratory distress, mothers with obstetric emergencies, children suffering from pneumonia. Globally, pneumonia is the leading cause of death for children...

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

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This campaign is supported by our global communication partner ENGINE|mhp