Tuesday , March 2 2021

By the year 2030, 11 million children could be lost

Illustration of the person receiving the vaccine, December 8, 2016 in Boston – Dwayne Desaulniers / AP / SIPA

If current trends continue, by 2030 pneumonia could kill nearly 11 million children under five. This is the result of predictions from the American University and NGO Save the Children, which was presented on this World Pneumonia Day on Monday.

Of these 10.8 million deaths in two countries – Nigeria and India – could reach 1.7 million. Of this disease in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there are 700 000 deaths.

Vaccines and better nutrition

Pneumonia is an acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi, and this is the main infectious cause of death in children. It "causes 15% of the total death of children under the age of 5 years". According to WHO, in 2015, 922,000 children died from the disease.

This can be limited by "immunization, a satisfactory diet and improved environmental factors," says WHO. According to the study, 4 million children could be saved due to several measures: growth
immunization worldwide, provides access to antibiotics and improves nutrition.

"It's impossible to imagine that nearly a million children die every year from the disease that we have the opportunity to win," said Kevin Watkins, "Save the Children's Chief". "There is no world summit or a move to pneumonia. However, anyone who takes care of children's health must be considered a priority for this neglected murderer."

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