Around the world, more than 800,000 children die each year from childhood pneumonia. 99 percent of these children are living in developing countries. To raise awareness about this stark statistic and to promote ways that we can reach children in need with solutions known to prevent pneumonia, world leaders declared that World Pneumonia Day would be celebrated each year on November 12.

Events commemorating the fourth annual World Pneumonia Day are being held in nearly a dozen countries.  In the U.S., landmarks in 15 cities will shine blue lights to raise awareness in their communities of the scourge of childhood pneumonia and what U.S. citizens can do to help. For more information about World Pneumonia Day and its activities:

Sabin convenes the world’s leading experts in epidemiology and other key public health professionals at regional and country-level symposia each year, including the Regional Pneumococcal Symposium. Click here to learn more about Sabin's Pneumococcal Advocacy Activities.