Globally, pneumonia remains the most deadly disease for children younger than five. Yet with a combination of vaccination efforts and treatment with antibiotics, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) calls pneumonia “one of the most solvable problems in global health.”
As a reminder of the disease’s impact and the importance of global efforts to stop preventable deaths from pneumonia, GAVI and a host of other organizations have announced that Friday, November 12, will be the second annual World Pneumonia Day. As part of this effort to raise awareness, the organizing groups have offered several ways for people to get involved, including wearing blue jeans on Friday to raise awareness about pneumonia’s impact worldwide (as the organizers put it, “We tried to come up with a painless (and free!) way to communicate that we must pay attention to these preventable deaths. What we came up with is a world-wide blue jean day. The reason is simple: Children who are dying of pneumonia turn blue because they can’t breathe”) and sending “Pneumonia Grams” to public officials, asking them to consider pneumonia as a priority issue. (See http://worldpneumoniaday.org/act/pneumonia-gram/).
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia will be participating in World Pneumonia Day, with its employees wearing jeans on Friday, November 12. For more information on how you can participate and spread the word about this vaccine-preventable disease, visit the World Pneumonia Day website, or any of the links below. You can also find out about two types of bacteria that cause pneumonia in our articles on Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b.
GAVI Alliance Announcement: World Pneumonia Day
World Pneumonia Day Facebook Page
GAVI Alliance on Twitter
The GAVI Alliance has also created a video about World Pneumonia Day. Watch and share it below: