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.