World Pneumonia Day 2020 will be observed across the globe on November 12, 2020. The day is marked to increase awareness among the people about the deadly infectious disease.
The day aims to raise awareness of the public health problem of pneumonia and help prevent the deaths of millions of children that can be avoided each year due to pneumonia. It is organized by the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia to provoke donors and policymakers to fight pneumonia.
Pneumonia can be severe for infants under the age of 5 and older people over the age of 65, as well as health-related issues and people with weak immune systems.
As the day World Pneumonia Day 2020 will be celebrated tomorrow, a lot of people have been wondering about the World Pneumonia Day history, significance and World Pneumonia Day theme in 2020.
World Pneumonia Day theme:
This year, the World Pneumonia Day 2020 will be conducted amid a global pandemic.
According to stoppneumonia.org, COVID-19 can add 1.9 million to the death toll this year. It could increase all-cause pneumonia deaths by more than 75%.
This World Pneumonia Day 2020 has called for governments and stakeholders in making sure a massive effort to curb the pandemic and reducing the respiratory infections and deaths among both children and adults.
Word Pneumonia Day History
The Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia established World Pneumonia Day in 2009. When the first World Pneumonia Day is launched, pneumonia kills about 1.2 million children each year. In 2013, WHO and UNICEF released the integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea. It sets the goal that by 2025, there will be no more than three pneumonia deaths per 1,000 live births in each country.
World Pneumonia Day significance
As per the WHO, pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death in children under five years old.
Although the disease is easily preventable and treatable, the death count by the disease is huge. The day holds great significance as it is the leading infectious killer of children under the age of 5.
The day promotes interventions in protecting against the disease as well as preventing and treating pneumonia. The day also calls for action including donor investment to combat pneumonia and several other deadly diseases.