22 Nov Want to Save a Million Lives a Year? Just Buy Wine!
The calender for a committed global health activist can be quite full. There’s World Malaria Day in April, World AIDS Day in December, World Tuberculosis Day in March. The Department of Health and Human Services tallies at least 14 more international public health awareness days.
That might provide some solace if, like me, you missed World Pneumonia Day on Nov. 12.
The scourge of pneumonia needs all the attention it can get. Pneumonia is responsible for killing more children each year than any other disease. In 15 of the most severely affected countries – all in Asia and Africa – more than 1.16 million children died from pneumonia or related causes in 2008, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).