Monday UNICEF pic: Pakistan

November 2, 2009

Pneumonia is the leading cause of mortality in children under 5, killing more than 4,000 every day.

Today"the first-ever World Pneumonia Day"UNICEF and the World Health Organization are launching an action plan against pneumonia, which could save more than five million children over six years if it's adopted worldwide.

Pneumonia is the leading cause of mortality in children under 5, killing more than 4,000 every day.

Today"the first-ever World Pneumonia Day"UNICEF and the World Health Organization are launching an action plan against pneumonia, which could save more than five million children over six years if it's adopted worldwide.

Big numbers. Here's one kid, just a year and a half old, exhausted from his struggle against the preventable disease:

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© UNICEF/NYHQ2009-00814/Ramoneda

His mom, Tasleem Mondy, is carrying him home from the Sindh Government Children's Hospital in the city of Karachi, Pakistan, where he spent nearly a month being treated for pneumonia. He continues to get fortified milk to treat his malnutrition and Tasleem spends an hour walking to the hospital every day because she can't afford the 35-rupee bus fare.

You can download the complete Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP) here.