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World Pneumonia Day

To learn more about World Pneumonia Day (WPD), its achievements over the past five years, and IVAC's contributions, view the short Prezi below:



Pneumonia claimed the lives of over 900,000 million young children in 2013, yet the reality is most people are simply unaware of the immense toll pneumonia takes on the world’s children. To combat this lack of understanding, the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia (GCACP) was formed and the first


World Pneumonia Day was launched in November 2009 to bring the crisis to the forefront and to rally and mobilize concerned citizens, child health advocates, donors, and policymakers around the world to take action against pneumonia. Thousands of advocates — representing more than 140 organizations in over 40 countries — have joined the GCACP to fight this disease. IVAC is a proud member of the Coalition and helps to coordinate the activities of World Pneumonia Day, which is observed each year on November 12.

With each year, the momentum behind World Pneumonia Day continues to grow as proponents of child health lend their voices to this important cause. Each year, advocates participate in a wide range of activities including media campaigns, press conferences, scientific meetings, meetings with healthcare providers, briefings with government leaders, public rallies, community outreach campaigns, and other innovative activities that drew attention to childhood pneumonia.

Pneumonia Progress Report

The 2015 Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report: Sustainable Progress in the Post-2015 Era, highlights the need for sustained efforts to decrease the global burden of pneumonia and diarrhea, especially in the 15 highest burden countries.

Although global progress has been made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and reducing child deaths, in 2015 a projected 5.9 million children around the world will die before reaching their fifth birthday. Of these 5.9 million deaths, pneumonia was responsible for 16% and diarrhea was responsible for 9%, making them two of the leading killers of children worldwide. 

Past Progress Reports:

Small Grants Advocacy Program

IVAC, with support from several partners including the GAVI Alliance, the Best Shot Foundation and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, administered the Small Grants program from 2009 to 2012, supporting pneumonia advocacy efforts of developing country advocates and organizations. The return on investment of the small grants program has been significant. Providing training and a small amount of financial support to these dedicated advocates and professionals allows them to continue and expand upon work they have undertaken on behalf of child health issues over the years or gain the necessary skills to launch a locally relevant and tailored pneumonia advocacy campaign. There are several examples of grantees continuing WPD advocacy activities unaided after a first successful small grant "seed".

Pneumonia Coloring Book

World Pneumonia Day coloring Book

To commemorate World Pneumonia Day, students at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and IVAC co-sponsored a contest for students to design an educational coloring book about pneumonia. A sister and brother team, Jessica and David Alderman, produced the winning entry and worked with IVAC and a team of child health experts to create a coloring book with a story that simply and clearly shows how to prevent and treat pneumonia. In 2012, the book was made available in the Swahili language. Download the book for free at