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World Pneumonia Day - November 12, 2016

Despite being easily preventable and treatable, pneumonia kills more children under the age of five than any other disease, claiming a life every 20 seconds worldwide. In order to raise awareness of the importance of providing vaccines and antibiotics for children, November 12 has been declared World Pneumonia Day. 

OPENPediatrics has partnered with the Pneumonia Innovations Team, a global community network that focuses efforts on increasing awareness and mobilizing resources to combat childhood pneumonia, to bring you The Pneumonia Innovations Team Health Kit. Included in this kit are videos, such as the one featured below, and flyers presenting information on recognizing the signs of, and treating pneumonia. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have laid out a strategy to help protect, prevent and treat this disease in their paper entitled, Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea. Click the link to read about their strategy and visit the World Pneumonia Day website to learn about ways you can help promote World Pneumonia Day in your community. Be sure to join the global conversation online using the hashtag #WorldPneumoniaDay.