In an effort to end preventable pneumonia-associated deaths among children, World Pneumonia Day was observed on November 12 to encourage leaders to increase universal access to pneumonia prevention and treatment.

“Combatting pneumonia is essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals related to health and child survival, and to laying the groundwork for ending all preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “We need a persistent and integrated approach to this preventable and treatable killer of children. I call on all sectors to come together now to defeat this disease.”