World Pneumonia Day - Stop Pneumonia
November 13, 2018 | Abigail Mckay

World Pneumonia Day - Stop Pneumonia

World Pneumonia Day is annually held on November 12 to raise awareness of pneumonia, promote prevention and treatment, and generate action to fight the illness.

This year our theme for World Pneumonia Day is:


Worldwide, pneumonia takes the lives of more young children than any other disease - more than 100 every hour of every day. The single biggest cause of fatal pneumonia in childhood is preventable with a vaccine.

Established in 2009, World Pneumonia Day is marked every year on November 12th to achieve the following goals:

  Raise awareness about pneumonia, the world’s leading infectious killer of children under the age of 5

  Promote interventions to protect against, prevent, and treat pneumonia and highlight proven approaches and solutions in need of additional resources and attention

  Generate action, including continued donor investment, to combat pneumonia and other common, yet sometimes deadly, childhood diseases.


Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of deaths in children under five years old despite being easily preventable and treatable. Although vaccines and other preventative efforts are decreasing the burden of the disease, much more work is still required. Those living in poor communities are at the highest risk of pneumonia. Every child, regardless of where they are born, deserves access to lifesaving vaccines and medicines.

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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.