World Pneumonia Day

Last updated: 12th November, 2020

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Established in 2009, World Pneumonia Day is marked every year on November 12th to raise awareness about pneumonia, the world’s leading infectious killer of children under the age of 5.

Although vaccines and other preventative efforts are decreasing the burden of the disease, much more work is still required.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Pneumonia is caused by a number of infectious agents, including viruses, bacteria and fungi.

The WHO lists the most common causes as:

  • Streptococcus pneumoniae – the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia in children;
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) – the second most common cause of bacterial pneumonia;
  • respiratory syncytial virus is the most common viral cause of pneumonia;
  • in infants infected with HIV, Pneumocystis jiroveci is one of the most common causes of pneumonia, responsible for at least one quarter of all pneumonia deaths in HIV-infected infants1

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