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Forum of International Respiratory Societies Calls for Global Effort on World Pneumonia Day

Strategies to prevent and treat pneumonia must be strengthened to address the large global burden

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo (November, 12, 2016) In support of World Pneumonia Day, 12 November, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) calls for global efforts to strengthen effective strategies to protect against, prevent and treat pneumonia.

Pneumonia remains the main single cause of death in children under 5 years outside the neonatal period, causing nearly a million deaths each year. Most deaths occur in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Up to 80% of deaths occur outside a health facility, indicating that recognition of disease and access to care continues to be a challenge. Pneumonia is also the second leading cause of years of life lost due to premature mortality.  Pneumonia can also lead to poor general health and predispose to chronic respiratory disease in children and adults.

Yet pneumonia is a preventable and treatable illness.  

Important strategies to prevent pneumonia are: 

Important strategies to treat pneumonia are:

FIRS calls on governments, health care providers and public health specialists to strengthen preventative and management strategies for pneumonia globally by:  

About the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is an organization comprised of the world’s leading international respiratory societies working together to improve lung health globally: American Thoracic Society (ATS), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), Asociación Latinoamericana De Tórax (ALAT), Asia Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), European Respiratory Society (ERS), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union) and the Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS). The goal of FIRS is to unify and enhance efforts to improve lung health through the combined work of its more than 70,000 members globally.