World Pneumonia Day is annually held on November 12 to raise awareness of pneumonia, promote prevention and treatment, and generate action to fight the illness. News, messages, and events promoting World Pneumonia Day are publicized and made viral through social media networks, online, print and broadcast media, and word of mouth. People are asked to help fight the disease by participating in education programs, voluntary work or contributing via donations.
- The day is celebrated to highlight the severity of pneumonia and encourages more organisations to look at ways of combating the disease.
- It was first hosted in 2009 when over 100 organisations joined to form the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia.
- Pneumonia is a preventable and treatable disease that sickens 155 million children under 5 and kills 1.6 million each year.
- This makes pneumonia the number 1 killer of children under 5, claiming more young lives than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Yet most people are unaware of pneumonia’s overwhelming death toll
- World Pneumonia Day helps to bring this health crisis to the public’s attention and encourages policymakers and grassroots organizers alike to combat the disease.