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Pneumonia, in order to kill nearly 11 million children by 2030, warns the study


Doctors treat children in Côte d'Ivoire, where pneumonia is secondary only to malaria as an infant killer. (AFP Pic)

Pneumonia, by the year 2030, will kill nearly 11 million children younger than five years ago, experts have warned Monday on a global day aimed at raising awareness of the largest infected baby mammals around the world.

Although the severe lung infection in the developed world is mostly affecting the elderly, it is the most shocking children in developing countries, and hundreds of thousands of easily preventable diseases die each year.

More than 880,000 children, mostly younger than two years old, died from lung pain in 2016 only.

A new analysis by the Johns Hopkins University and the Save the Children Assistance Group, based on current trends, suggests that, by the end of the next decade, more than 10,800,000 minors would be affected.

Moreover, several countries have the greatest burden, of which 1.7 million children have died in Nigeria and India, 700 000 in Pakistan and 635 000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

However, there are some good news.

A study published on World Pneumonia Day found that increasing the coverage of current vaccination, along with cheap antibiotics and providing children with good nutrition, could save 4.1 million people.

Pneumonia – an inflammatory lung infection that can be caused by a virus or bacterial infection can be treated if it is sufficiently received and not compromised by the patient's immune system.

But all over the world, it hit small children, who are often weak due to malnutrition, killing more babies every year than with malaria, diarrhea and measles.

"It is abusive that nearly a million children die each year from an illness that we have the knowledge and resources to win," said Save the Children, President Kevin Watkins.

"There is no pink tape, a global summit or pneumonia, but for anyone who cares for the justice of children and their access to essential health care, this forgotten assassin must be the main cause of our age."

The Watkins Group, which operates in health programs in some of the countries most affected by the disease, called for a significant reduction in the prices of major existing pneumonic vaccines "dramatically".

2030 is the target date for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which includes a commitment to "preventable child deaths by the end of the next decade".

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