Social Awareness and Actions to Neutralize Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS) is an initiative launched by the government in 2019 to hasten the progress towards minimising deaths caused by childhood pneumonia. The initiative has three pronged strategies focusing on treating and managing the infection, promoting capacity building for identifying and standardising the management process and public awareness.
In India, childhood pneumonia is a major contributor to the infant mortality. According to the Sample Registration System Report 2010-2013, the disease contributes to 16.9 per cent of the infant deaths. It is the second highest cause of the infant mortality.