World Pneumonia Day 2018
Making progress: our fight against pneumonia
We have come a long way in reducing child mortality by pneumonia. In 2006, UNICEF/WHO released their “Pneumonia, the Forgotten Killer of Children” report, revealing a death toll of 2 million children each year. Today, it is estimated that pneumonia takes the lives of 880,000 children under age 5. Despite the ground we have covered, we are far from the finish line if we intend to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3.2, ending preventable deaths of children under 5 years of age. Pneumonia deaths are preventable. Even just one child begin taken by pneumonia is still too many.
While we continue to push forward and gain momentum for our work, this year’s World Pneumonia Day (WPD 2018) allows pneumonia community members to showcase their progress and join forces with others in the fight against pneumonia. Don’t miss this year’s WPD events and help us spread the word! Please forward this WPD email to your colleagues and networks.
A blast from the past
Take a look at the WPD materials below, released almost a decade ago:
PneumoniaGram Campaign, 2010 Best Shot Foundation’s Blue Jeans Day for World Pneumonia, 2010
The Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia, World Pneumonia Day 2009 The Global Pneumonia Summit, 2009
World Pneumonia Day 2018: A call to action
November 12th is rapidly approaching. For WPD 2018, we aim to rally more than ever before the pneumonia community across the globe in an effort to fight the disease responsible for taking the lives of so many children. The time for more pneumonia research, advocacy, policy-making, and stakeholder-engagement is now.
What will you be doing for WPD 2018?
Mark your calendars
University of Edinburgh has recently released their plans for a WPD 2018 Symposium. See below for event details and be sure to register for the event.