World Pneumonia Day is commemorated annually on 12 November, to raise awareness about pneumonia, which was the second most prevalent killer of children under the age of five years together with influenza in South Africa in 2016.
Studies have shown that HIV-infected and HIV-exposed uninfected children have a higher risk of severe pneumonia and death compared to HIV-uninfected children.
What is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infectious respiratory disease affecting the lungs, wherein the lungs (alveoli) are filled with pus and fluid, causing difficulty in breathing due to limited intake of oxygen.
The disease is caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi, which can spread through airborne droplets from a cough or a sneeze. The disease is common in low income and developing regions, mostly in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The common causes of pneumonia among children are Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Pneumocystis jirovecii.
Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity.
Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them.
Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS.
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