Around the world, more than 800,000 children die each year from childhood pneumonia. 99 percent of these children are living in developing countries.

Winter colds are never any fun – the high fever, the hacking cough, the difficulty breathing. Now imagine trying to struggle through all of that when you are undernourished, under five years old and under no care other than the worried eyes of your mother. Imagine dying of pneumonia.

In an op-ed published today in the GlobalPost, Sabin executive vice president Ciro de Quadros, M.D., M.P.H., looks back on his work treating communities in Brazil which were once devastated by smallpox and polio.

This year for World Pneumonia Day 2011, health care workers from across the Philippines competed in a dance video competition aimed to increase awareness about the 

Op-ed by Dr. Ciro de Quadros- World Pneumonia Day: Past lessons, future progress

November 10, 2011 | GlobalPost

Past lessons, future progress
A guest post by Dr. de Quadros of the Sabin Vaccine Institute on treating pneumonia today

When I think of my early days as the chief medical officer at a small clinic in the Brazilian Amazon, I marvel at how much has been achieved. In the early 1960s, smallpox devastated the lives of families throughout my country, and indeed the world. Similarly, polio inspired widespread panic and fear of life-altering paralysis, especially in the summer when outbreaks were common.

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Started in 2009, World Pneumonia Day was launched by a broad coalition of public and nonprofit organizations—including the Sabin Vaccine Institute and

2009 Year in Review

2009 was a tremendous year here at the Sabin Vaccine Institute as we strove to fulfill our mission of reducing human suffering caused by infectious and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

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