World Pneumonia Day
World Pneumonia Day takes place on November 12, 2017. World Pneumonia Day provides an annual forum for the world to stand together and demand action in the fight against 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 one killer of children under five, claiming more young lives than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.
Yet most people are unaware of pneumonia's overwhelming death toll. Because of this, pneumonia has been overshadowed as a priority on the global health agenda, and rarely receives coverage in the news media. World Pneumonia Day helps to bring this health crisis to the public's attention and encourages policy makers and grassroots organizers alike to combat the disease.