World Pneumonia Day
World Pneumonia Day is observed on November 12 of every year. World Pneumonia Day is created to raise awareness about pneumonia. It is also designed to promote the prevention and treatment for Pneumonia and to generate the action to fight the illness. World Pneumonia Day marks the severity of pneumonia and encourages more organisations around the world to look at the methods of combating the Pneumonia. Pneumonia Day is not an official holiday and the day is celebrated by raising awareness about the Pneumonia and their prevention methods.
“Pneumococcal disease is a real threat. Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes anything from middle ear infection to pneumonia to meningitis. Children are particularly vulnerable to it, but adults can get pneumococcal disease themselves.” – Anthony Fauci
History of World Pneumonia Day
The World Pneumonia Day was first celebrated on November 2, 2009. On that day, nearly 100 Organisation celebrated the Pneumonia Day to create the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia. Pneumonia is a curable and preventable disease that affects almost 155 million children under the age of 5 and kills 1.6 million kids on every year. It makes them the number 1 killer of children under the age of 5, claiming more young lives than Malaria, AIDS and measles. Still, several peoples are unaware of pneumonia’s devastating death toll. Because of this, pneumonia has been dominated as a priority on the global health agenda and rarely gets coverage in the news media. Hence World Pneumonia Day is created to bring this health crisis to the attention of the public and to encourage the policymakers and grassroots organisers to combat Pneumonia. Streptococcus pneumoniae is the common bacteria that cause Pneumonia. The primary symptoms of Pneumonia include Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. By taking antibiotics, you can prevent Pneumonia by controlling the bacterial and fungal infections. Hence Pneumonia Day is a perfect day to raise awareness about Pneumonia and their prevention methods.
The Main aim behind the creation of World Pneumonia Day:
- To raise awareness about pneumonia which affects the children under the age of 5.
- To promote the methods to protect against, prevent, and treat pneumonia
- To generate action, including continued donor investment to combat pneumonia.
On 2009 World Pneumonia Day, UNICEF and WHO released a Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD)
It aims to
- Reduce preventable childhood deaths;
- Improve coverage
- Implement essential policies in 139 countries.
Themes of World Pneumonia Day
The past themes of World Pneumonia Day are listed below
2016 – “Keep the Promise, Stop Pneumonia Now.”
2015 – “Every Breath Counts: Stop Pneumonia Now.”
2014 – “Universal access for pneumonia prevention and care.”
2013 – “Innovate to End Child Pneumonia.”
Other Celebrations on November 12
November 12 is also celebrated as
- International Tongue Twister Day
- National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day
- National Happy Hour Day
- World Quality Day
- Fancy Rat and Mouse Day
How to Celebrate World Pneumonia Day
The best way to celebrate the World Pneumonia Day is by creating awareness among the peoples about the prevention and treatment for Pneumonia. You can participate or conduct education programs to promote the prevention methods of Pneumonia. Share pictures and your thoughts on social media about World Pneumonia Day by using the hashtag #WorldPneumoniaDay.