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Health: Pneumonia could kill 11 million children –

Pneumonia will kill nearly 11 million children under the age of five by 2030, if current trends continue, experts warned on Monday. Nigeria and India could be particularly affected.

Of the total 10.8 million deaths in these countries, there might indeed be 1.7 million, according to forecasts by the American University John Hopkins and the Save the Children NGO. They add that 700 000 children could die from this disease in Pakistan and 635 000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pneumonia is an acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is the main cause of infections in child mortality. It "causes 15% of the total death of children under the age of 5 years".
According to the WHO, worldwide deaths in the world are estimated to reach 922,000 children under the age of five in 2015. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi.

Vaccination and nutrition

"Prevention is possible through immunization, satisfactory nutrition status and environmental factors," said WHO.

According to a study published on Monday, 4.1 million children could be rescued by implementing a package of measures: increasing global immunization coverage, providing access to antibiotics and improving the nutritional value of children at risk.

"It's impossible to imagine that nearly a million children die every year from an illness that we are able to overcome," 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 neglected killer as a priority," he said, calling for drastic reductions in vaccine prices. (Ps / NXP)

Created: November 13, 2013, 04:26

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