Pneumonia is the world’s leading infectious cause of death for children, claiming leading to death one child every 39 seconds. Yet it remains a neglected disease.
The first World Pneumonia Day was launched in 2009. In 2013, WHO and UNICEF released the “Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD)”, which set a target of less than 3 children death per 1,000 live births in every country by 2025.
Sadly, the world is still losing more than 800,000 children to this disease each year, and just two of the 20 countries with more than 10,000 annual child pneumonia deaths are on track to achieve the GAPPD target.