Pneumonia is the leading cause of preventable death in young children. It doesn't need to be this way. Together with supporters like you, we have the power to save 5 million lives.

What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is the #1 cause of preventable child deaths, claiming the lives of nearly 1 million a year. Children under age 2 are the most vulnerable of all, sometimes forced to fight for every gasping breath before even learning to walk or talk.

For countless millions more children, pneumonia is a source of distress, suffering and debilitating long-term health problems.

But the disease is eminently preventable and treatable. Diagnosed accurately and early, pneumonia can be treated with a three to five day course of antibiotics costing just $0.40.

Yet children continue to die.

On World Pneumonia Day, we recognize pneumonia as the hidden killer it is. Through the generous support of our donors, Save the Children remains committed to putting the number one child killer on the map. Our pledge to end preventable childhood deaths by 2030 is directly tied to our ability, made possible through the generosity of supporters like you, to do whatever it takes to fight pneumonia.

How Your Donation Helps

Thanks to supporters like you, Save the Children is on the ground, working to prevent and treat pneumonia in children worldwide. We also actively support research and influence policy to help save young lives from this tragic – and largely overlooked – illness.

Almost 100 years ago, Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of Save the Children, called on governments around the world to act to protect children. “Humanity,” she said, “owes the child the best it has to give.” When it comes to pneumonia, the world is falling far short of this standard.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to reduce the number children under five who die from pneumonia.

Together, we have it in our power to save 5 million lives by the year 2030.


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