Pneumonia is a lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection that can affect one or both of your lungs. Some symptoms of pneumonia include: cough, fever, chills, and a hard time breathing. When a person has pneumonia, oxygen has a hard time reaching the blood, and when there is too little of oxygen in the blood it causes the cells in the body to not work properly. Because of this and the risk of infection spreading throughout the body, it can cause death. Pneumonia is the world’s leading infectious killer of children under the age of five.Nearly one in five global child deaths result from pneumonia every year.
World Pneumonia Day was established in 2009 when over 100 organizations joined to form the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia. World Pneumonia Day helps to highlight the severity of pneumonia and encourages more organizations to look at ways of combating the disease. This worldwide day helps:
- Raise awareness about pneumonia
- Promote interventions to protect against, prevent, and treat pneumonia
- Generate action to fight the illness
Pneumonia is one of the most solvable problems in global health and yet a child dies from the infection every twenty seconds!
Mark this day on your calendars and help spread awareness by using #StopPneumonia on social media.
Together as a world, we can stand together and help fight pneumonia and save a child!