“Two million children die worldwide from pneumonia and diarrhea every year” - WHO
World Pneumonia Day is celebrated on 12th November
. The event is organised by the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia, which consists of international, government, non-governmental and community-based organisations, research and academic institutions, foundations and individuals to bring into the notice of people about pneumonia as a serious public health issue. International Pediatrics Association (IPA)
organises the workshops to raise awareness of pneumonia
and help prevent the millions of avoidable child deaths from this disease that occur worldwide each year.
World Pneumonia Day celebrations
Pneumonia is a preventable and treatable disease that make 155 million children sick, who are under the age of 5. More that 1.6 million children die each year from pneumonia, yet most of he people are unaware of pneumonia’s overwhelming death toll. World Pneumonia Day aims to draw attention of public on pneumonia and help in combating the disease.
Vaccination is available for the two most common causes of deadly pneumonia, Haemophilus influenzae type B and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Lives of millions of children can be saved every year if prevention and treatment interventions for the disease are widely introduced across the globe.
Objectives of celebrating World Pneumonia Day
- Raise awareness about pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five
- Take appropriate steps and action to combat pneumonia
- Promote interventions to protect against, prevent and threat pneumonia
medecure supports IPA, UNICEF and all the associated organisations celebrating World Pneumonia Day
, those who fight against the pneumonia - a major killer of children under the age of 5 years.