Today, Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts, who serves as Global Ambassador of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, released a statement in recognition of World Pneumonia Day, which falls on November 12. In her statement, she recognizes the life-saving efforts of the Alliance, and emphasizes that the deployment of clean cookstoves and fuels can significantly reduce worldwide childhood death from pneumonia:
"I was inspired to join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves because its core mission is saving lives -- especially children's lives. Of the 2 million people killed each year from diseases caused by toxic smoke from dirty stoves and open cooking fires, about half are young children who die from acute lower respiratory infections, most commonly pneumonia.
"The deployment of clean cookstoves and fuels can significantly reduce worldwide childhood death from pneumonia. Combined with our partners' global efforts to encourage vaccinations and increase basic health and wellness education, the Alliance is playing an important role in reducing pneumonia and other preventable deaths among the world's most vulnerable people."
In September 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.