Pneumonia kills more young children than any other disease. Worldwide a child dies from this treatable disease every 15 seconds. This year a coalition of organisations has joined together to raise awareness of pneumonia by launching the first World Pneumonia Day on Monday, 2 November. A Global Summit on Pneumonia will be held in New York and events are planned in many countries around the world.
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be caused by different organisms including the Hib and pneumococcus bacteria as well as some viruses. There are many interventions that can prevent children from getting pneumonia including immunisations and zinc supplements. Improved sanitation and handwashing with soap are also important measures for protecting children from the bugs that cause pneumonia.
We already have the tools we need to prevent and treat pneumonia, yet these tools are not available to poor families around the world who need them most. RESULTS has been taking action in October and November to raise awareness of the benefits of handwashing with soap and the need for the international community to integrate sanitation into efforts to improve child health. For more information about how you can get involved visit the RESULTS website.