World Pneumonia Day 2021

12 November is World Pneumonia Day.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of pneumonia as a major cause of illness in adults and the challenges with access to oxygen and care especially in Africa and other low-middle-income country settings (LMICs) . Pneumonia remains the major killer of children outside the neonatal period, accounting for more than 650 000 deaths annually, most of which occur in LMICs. High exposure to outdoor or indoor air pollution, sub-optimal nutrition, HIV-infection, lack of immunisation and poor access to care predispose to pneumonia and to severe disease. Yet much of the burden is preventable and treatable.

On this World Pneumonia Day, PATS together with our partners in the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), call for strengthening of preventive strategies, including immunisation against SARS-CoV2 and childhood vaccines, and widespread, equitable access to affordable medicines and oxygen.

Find a statement from PATS and FIRS for World Pneumonia Day 2021 here. Please join in promoting advocacy and strengthened strategies to prevent and treat pneumonia in Africa.