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|About||World Pneumonia Day aims to increase awareness about pneumonia and facilitate worldwide conversations about the prevention of this treatable disease.|
Thank you for your interest in World Pneumonia Day. The purpose of this group is to increase awareness about pneumonia and facilitate worldwide conversations about the prevention of the disease.
Pneumonia is a preventable and treatable disease that kills more than 1.5 million children under 5 each year. Pneumonia kills more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined, yet many people are unaware of pneumonia’s overwhelming death toll. Pneumonia has been overshadowed as a priority on the global health agenda, and rarely receives coverage in the news media. World Pneumonia Day will help bring this health crisis to the public’s attention and will encourage policy makers and grass roots organizers alike to combat the disease.
The two leading bacterial causes of pneumonia, called Hib and pneumococcus, are preventable by vaccinations. By the end of this year, nearly every one of the world’s 72 poorest countries will have Hib vaccine in their routine immunization program or have a date for its inclusion. This month, the first of these low-income countries, Rwanda, will introduce the new life-saving pneumococcal vaccines. More than 1 million children every year can be saved when these vaccinations are paired with expanded treatment with simple antibiotics and oxygen therapy.
The World Pneumonia Day Facebook page provides you with an opportunity to participate in this exciting grassroots advocacy movement. Your dedicated efforts can help with the prevention of millions of children across the world.
Stop Pneumonia is an initiative that provides a voice for communities who suffer from the devastating consequences of this disease and who lack access to lifesaving interventions. While progress has been made in reducing deaths due to pneumonia, a continued focus and sustained investment in child health is needed to provide simple and effective solutions to finish the job. The Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia provides leadership on these advocacy efforts and is comprised of NGOs, academic institutions, government agencies, and foundations.
The goals of Stop Pneumonia are to:
1. Raise awareness about pneumonia, the world’s leading infectious killer of children under the age of 5
2. Promote interventions to protect against, prevent, and treat pneumonia and highlight proven approaches and solutions in need of additional resources and attention
3. Generate action, including continued donor investment, to combat pneumonia and other common, yet sometimes deadly, childhood diseases
The initiative draws upon the contributions of advocates and health workers working to fight preventable child deaths, and highlights the impact of their efforts. We strive to educate other advocates, donors, and policy makers about the essential need for progress on pneumonia in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3—reducing child mortality.
Stop Pneumonia is spearheaded by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. IVAC helps coordinate efforts and amplify the voice of advocates around the world during World Pneumonia Day, observed on November 12 since 2009. On this day, the global health community comes together to recognize the importance of fighting pneumonia.
|Founded||April 7, 2009|