The fourth annual World Pneumonia Day was held on November 12, 2012. World Pneumonia Day was launched in 2009 by a broad coalition of public and nonprofit organizations—including the Sabin Vaccine Institute and PACE—to mobilize efforts to fight a neglected disease that kills more than two million children under age five every year.
Pneumococcal disease kills 1.6 million people each year – including 800,000 children under the age of five - and is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. Vaccines are available now to safely and effectively protect children and adults against most pneumococcal infections. With increased awareness about this disease, and a commitment to purchase and deliver pneumococcal vaccines to children around the globe, we can save an estimated 5.4 million children’s lives by 2030.
The PACE Global Leadership Award recognizes governments, individuals and organizations that have championed pneumococcal disease prevention and whose actions have contributed toward public policy advances in vaccine introduction.
The Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE), a project of Sabin launched in 2006, focused on pneumococcal disease awareness and prevention, and worked through a variety of mediums to drive forward pneumococcal awareness and advocacy efforts. Working with more than 100 professional medical societies around the globe, PACE informed policymakers about the global threat of pneumococcal disease and worked to secure commitments from countries to combat the disease.
In addition to leading various pneumococcal research studies, Sabin has convened the world’s leading experts in epidemiology and other key public health professionals at regional and country-level symposia. Developed in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and PneumoADIP, regional symposia have provided a forum to share the latest pneumococcal research and new prevention strategies.
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