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World Pneumonia Day

Why Care About World Pneumonia Day?

Anu Gupta | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Anu Gupta

For parents, pneumonia is an incredibly insidious disease. In its initial stages, it can look like an everyday cold. Its stealth nature makes it lethal -- killing nearly a million children under the age of five each year -- children very much like my son.

Pneumonia: The Silent Killer of Children

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

This silence is frustrating as pneumonia is a disease that kills 1.1 million children every year and can be prevented with simple solutions that also protect against related child killers like tuberculosis and diarrhea.

What a Difference a Decade Makes

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

As World Pneumonia Day 2013 is celebrated around the world today, I'm struck by the difference a decade has made in the control and prevention of pneu...

World Pneumonia Day's Humble Beginnings

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

This year marked my first as Director of Vaccine Delivery at the Gates Foundation, where pneumonia has a dedicated team working to develop and deliver a comprehensive set of tools including improved diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines for children and families in developing countries.

Turning the Tide Against Pneumonia

Her Highness Begum Inaara Aga Khan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Her Highness Begum Inaara Aga Khan

I had the privilege of meeting people working on the frontlines of the fight against pneumonia last week during a trip to Myanmar. The Princess Inaara Foundation and PSI are working together to bring pneumonia information and care to children and families, particularly in rural areas of the developing world.

Getting Meds to Sick Kids at the End of the Supply Chain

Joel Lamstein | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Joel Lamstein

For community case management to be truly effective, countries and partners must invest in supply chains so that they can forecast, finance, procure, and deliver life-saving medicines to community health workers.

Pneumonia: One Disease, Two Solutions

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 01.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

Pneumonia inflicts a terrible toll on children around the world. Yet it doesn't have to. With your help, we can all breathe a little easier -- one vaccine and one clean cookstove at a time.

5 Myths About Pneumonia

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 01.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Orin Levine

Despite renewed global attention and its dramatic toll, pneumonia remains one of the world's least-understood conditions. Let's tackle a few of the leading myths head-on.

The Three-legged Stool of Successful Disease Prevention

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 07.10.2011 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Successes with malaria are promising, but fragile -- and largely dependent on existing technologies and the ability to scale up delivery systems to deliver them.

Sparking a Movement for World Pneumonia Day

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Only in its second year, it seems like World Pneumonia Day might be moving from spark to blaze -- engaging governments, child health organizations and advocates in an effort to spotlight the leading killer of children.

Addressing a Global Killer This World Pneumonia Day

Karl Hofmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karl Hofmann

Few Americans would guess that pneumonia kills more children than any other disease, but in many developing countries access to effective treatment is limited. So what's being done?

Childhood Pneumonia: The Killer That's Slipped Through the Cracks

Dr. Bill Frist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Bill Frist

The leading killer of children under the age of five in the developing world is pneumonia. Not malaria. Not AIDS. A highly preventable and treatable illness is claiming 1.5 million young lives every year.

Pneumonia's Final Verse

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

A quick Google News search this morning using the term "pneumonia" brought up a bunch of stories. Most of them were about Canadian folk singer Bruce C...

5 Ways To Combat Pneumonia Globally

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Perhaps the most ambitious MDG is the fourth, which aims to reduce child mortality by two-thirds. Progress is being made on this goal but much more can and should be done.

I Wish I were the Leader of a G-8 Country

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

I wish that I were the leader of a G-8 country this week. There are two reasons. First, the G-8 is meeting in Huntsville, Ontario, one of my favor...

Pneumonia's Last Syrah

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Could getting rid of a case of wine help get rid of cases of pneumonia? This is the idea that came to me last week when New York Times wine criti...

Great news for kids everywhere

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Today, the world's ministers of health deserve our praise and recognition for resolving themselves to tackle the biggest killer of children with pr...

Please Spread Viral Pneumonia (Videos, that is)

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

While there are millions of cases of viral pneumonia every year, there are far too few pneumonia videos that "go viral" on the Internet.

First-Ever World Pneumonia Day: How You Can Fight This Curable Killer

Huffington Post | Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Today, Nov. 2, 2009 marks the first-ever World Pneumonia Day. Pneumonia remains one of the largest killers in developing world-- claiming more victims...

Pneumonia: Why Do We Let It Get Away With This Much?

Karl Hofmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karl Hofmann

Did you know there was a "World Pneumonia Day"? It may not sound very exciting, but the toll this treatable disease takes on children around the world should make you sit up and take note.

Will Raj Shah Make USAID More "Child Friendly"?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Orin Levine

As USAID's new head, If Dr. Shah should embrace child survival by directing his budget and programs to combating diarrhea and pneumonia, the two leading killers of children worldwide.

Are You Smarter than the World's Global Health Donors?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Pneumonia is so poorly recognized that New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof called it "The killer no one suspects" and UNICEF dubbed it "the forgotten killer of children."