Know why World Pneumonia Day is celebrated

World Pneumonia Day is observed to highlight the severity of pneumonia as a public health nuisance, and more and more organizations/countries are motivated to give suggestions to combat the disease. The day was first organized by the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia (GCCP) to help build public and political help to solve this problem. The day has been held on 12th November to commemorate the day every year.

Increase awareness about pneumonia. This is due to the death of children under the age of five years in the world.
Promoting intervention to prevent and treat pneumonia.
To take action to combat pneumonia.

Key Facts:
Pneumonia is the main cause of death of children under the age of five years in the world.
Pneumonia killed 920136 children under the age of five in the year 2015, which is 16% of the deaths of children under five years of age.
Pneumonia can be easily prevented and it is possible to treat death in children and yet one child dies of infection every twenty seconds.
Pneumonia can save the child, prevent it from easy intervention and be treated with low-cost, low-tech drugs and care.

What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an acute respiratory infection, which affects the lungs. In general, the air is filled during breathing in the alveoli (small pouch in the lungs), although pneumonia fills the pus and fluid in the alveoli, which makes it difficult to breathe and reduces oxygen breathing. Pneumonia is caused by many infectious agents, including viruses, bacteria and fungi.

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