World Pneumonia Day is observed every year on 12 November. The day aims to raise awareness about pneumonia and shed light on its symptoms, prevention, and treatment. According to the World Health Organisation, 170,180 children under the age of 5 died of pneumonia in 2019. Pneumonia affects children and families everywhere, but deaths are highest in southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
World Pneumonia Day was first observed on 12 November 2009. The main purpose of celebrating World Pneumonia Day is to create awareness about pneumonia. Pneumonia is one of the oldest and deadliest diseases among children in the age group of fewer than 5 years and above 50 years of age. World Pneumonia Day was first observed under the "Stop Pneumonia" initiative by the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia.
Pneumonia is a serious respiratory problem caused by an infection in the lungs. Due to pneumonia, there is swelling in the lungs and sometimes water is also filled. Pneumonia is caused by a number of infectious agents including viruses, bacteria, and fungi. The purpose of celebrating World Pneumonia Day is to create awareness among people about this disease. What are the causes of this disease, and what is the treatment, to make people aware of all these? So that people can identify its symptoms and get timely treatment.
Every year a theme is set to celebrate World Pneumonia Day. The theme that has been set for the year 2022 is - "Championing the fight to stop Pneumonia". The only purpose of setting this theme is that everyone unites to prevent the spread of pneumonia disease and eliminate this disease by being aware of the treatment of this disease.