On November 12, the world will celebrate the
seventh annual World Pneumonia Day. I’m Gabe Garza with your latest health news. First
launched in 2009, the aim of World Pneumonia Day 2015 is to raise awareness of the toll
of pneumonia on the world’s children and to promote interventions to protect against,
treat and prevent the disease. Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in
one or both lungs. Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening.
Babies, young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk
of serious complications. According to the CDC, pneumonia is the single largest cause
of child deaths worldwide. More than 51 percent of those deaths are concentrated in a handful
of countries, such as India, Nigeria, China, Pakistan and Ethiopia. This year, health advocates
worldwide commemorated the occasion by calling on global leaders to ramp up existing interventions
and invest in new treatments to defeat pneumonia.