The pneumonia will kill nearly 11 million children under the age of 5 years if current trends continue, warned experts on the World Day dedicated to this lung infection by 2030.
From the total number A total of 10.8 million deaths are plannedAccording to forecasts by the United States John Hopkins University and Save the Children NGOs, 1.7 million could register only in two countries – Nigeria and India.
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About 6,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Pakistan and 6,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, could kill 700,000 children.
Pneumonia and a acute respiratory tract infection which affects the lungs. In accordance with World Health Organization have got the first cause of infection among children and children under 5 years of age are responsible for 15% of deaths.
WHO estimates that In 2015, 922,000 children under 5 died of pneumonia in the world This disease can be caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi.
"Prevention is possible thanks to vaccination, a satisfactory nutritional status and environmental factors," says WHO.
According to the study, the implementation of these measures could save 4.1 million children: increase global vaccination, provide access to antibiotics and improve baby feeding more exposed to this risk.
"It's incredible that nearly a million children die every year because of the illness that we can overcome," said Kevin Watkins, "Save the Children" leader, calling for drastic reductions. vaccine prices.