World Pneumonia Day: Saving Lives through Smart Interventions

World_Pneumonia_Day_2015_Post_Banner_ImageToday is World Pneumonia Day and the theme is Push the Pace. Fight Pneumonia.

ClimateCare partners from businesses to NGOs and governments are supporting our integrated Climate+Care programmes that tackle climate change but can also help people live healthier lives.

By tackling issues like indoor air pollution, our projects are helping to mitigate the threat of deadly diseases such as pneumonia which is one of the leading killers of children under the age of five.

According to the World Health Organization1, pneumonia is responsible for almost 1 million deaths every year and 16% of deaths in children under five years old2.

There are many simple interventions that can help to prevent this disease and our clean cooking programmes is one example. Providing more efficient cooking stoves not only cuts carbon emissions and helps tackle climate change. More efficient cooking reduces indoor air pollution, meaning children are less likely to suffer from respiratory diseases such as pneumonia. In fact, research by the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia found that of the 4 interventions they studied, the efficient cookstove had the single highest impact in reducing a child’s risk of contracting the disease, cutting it by a staggering 50%3.

Similarly, our safe water programmes reduce the levels of indoor air pollution by eliminating the need to boil water to make it safe to drink.

What’s more, our clean energy projects are helping to displace traditional fossil fuels, improving air quality and providing clean, sustainable energy for all.

If you’d like to find out how supporting our Climate+Care programmes can help to prevent deadly diseases like pneumonia, contact us today on +44 (0)1865 591000 or email us at business@climatecare.org.

 

1 Source: World Health Organization 2014

2 Source: UNICEF A Promise Renewed Progress Report 2015

3 Source: Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia 2011