World Pneumonia Day

November 14, 2011

For the first time in history, vaccines against pneumonia are reaching children in developing and high-income countries at nearly the same time. The power of vaccines to combat the disease was highlighted during World Pneumonia Day on November 12, 2011.

Organized by the GAVI Alliance and the World Pneumonia Day Coalition, the event aimed to draw global attention to pneumonia as a public health issue and the millions of preventable deaths it causes each year.

Pneumonia is the biggest killer of children under the age of five in developing countries, causing one child to die every 20 seconds on average. AMP’s core activities include research, advocacy and services strengthening in support of the critical vaccines, such as Hib and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, that can prevent many of these deaths.