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Pneumonia kills more than 4 million people every year
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WORLD PNEUMONIA DAY

The Toll

Pneumonia: A Devastating Toll

Pneumonia is deadly, especially for children

Pneumonia kills more than 4 million people every year[1] – half of these deaths occur among children under age 5. [2]

Many people are surprised to learn that pneumonia is the disease that is responsible for the largest number of deaths in children under 5 worldwide.[3]

One child dies from pneumonia every 15 seconds.  That’s 5,500 young lives lost every day.  A staggering 2 million child deaths every year.[4]


Most children who die of pneumonia live in developing countries

An estimated 98% of children who die of pneumonia live in developing countries.[5]

For every 1 child that dies of pneumonia in a developed country, more than 2000 children die of pneumonia in developing countries.[6]

Pneumonia causes needless suffering and stress on families
Pneumonia also causes needless suffering through illness and hospitalization.
Each year, there are more than 150 million episodes of pneumonia in young children in developing countries, and more than 11 million children need hospitalization for pneumonia.[7],[8]

Pneumonia contributes to the cycle of poverty

Pneumonia is an economic burden for families and communities.

The financial costs of pneumonia include hospital stays and medications, transportation to health centers, and the caretakers’ inability to work or take care of other family members while they are caring for a sick child.

Families often must take out large loans to pay for care of their seriously ill child, which may further drag them into deep poverty.

These costs further contribute to the cycle of poverty for many families.


[1] World Health Organization: The top 10 causes of death. October 2008.
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index.html
Accessed September 3, 2009.

[2] Rudan I, Boschi-Pinto C, Biloglav Z, Mulholland K, Campbell H. Epidemiology and etiology of childhood pneumonia. Bull World Health Organ. 2008;86:408–16.

[3] World Health Organization. World health statistics 2009. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2008.
http://www.who.int/whosis/whostat/EN_WHS09_Full.pdf
Accessed September 6, 2009.

[4] Rudan I, Boschi-Pinto C, Biloglav Z, Mulholland K, Campbell H. Epidemiology and etiology of childhood pneumonia. Bull World Health Organ. 2008;86:408–16.

[5] World Health Organization. World health statistics 2006. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2006.
http://www.who.int/whosis/whostat2006.pdf
Accessed September 6, 2009.

[6] World Health Organization. World health statistics 2006. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2006.
http://www.who.int/whosis/whostat2006.pdf
Accessed September 6, 2009.

[7] Rudan I, Boschi-Pinto C, Biloglav Z, Mulholland K, Campbell H. Epidemiology and etiology of childhood pneumonia. Bull World Health Organ. 2008;86:408–16.

[8] Rudan I, Tomaskovic L, Boschi-Pinto C, Campbell H. Global estimate of the incidence of clinical pneumonia among children under five years of age. Bull World Health Organ. 2004;82:895–903.

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