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Recognizing World Pneumonia Day

On November 12, iconic buildings and landmarks across America bathe themselves in blue light to honor World Pneumonia Day.

Pneumonia is the world’s leading killer of children under five, taking the lives of 1.3 million young children in 2011 – more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. An estimated 99 percent of those deaths were in developing countries, where measures to protect prevent and treat pneumonia often elude the children that need them most.

“Pneumonia is the most dangerous threat to the world’s young children, yet its deadly results go largely unnoticed in the U.S. and other rich nations,” said David Rubenstein, Executive Director of the Best Shot Foundation. “Our hope is that the Paint the Town Blue campaign will lead to increased federal funding for global health programs and a reduction in the number of young children around the world dying needlessly from this preventable disease.”

On World Pneumonia Day, global health leaders, medical professionals, activists and community leaders join efforts to shine the spotlight on pneumonia through global events. These events help spread the word that proven and safe interventions exist to protect against, prevent and treat pneumonia. More info >>

Paint the Town Blue for World Pneumonia Day photos >>

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