Monday , July 26 2021

Lack of measures, 11 million children could die by 2030



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

Pneumonia could kill nearly 11 million children under the age of five by 2030 if current trends continue. This is the result of projections by the American University and the non-governmental organization Save the Children, which was presented on Monday for the World Day of Pneumonia.

Of those 10.8 million deaths, 1.7 million could be in two countries: Nigeria and India. 700,000 children could die of this disease in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Vaccines and better nutrition

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

It can counteract "immunization, satisfying nutritional status and improved environmental factors," says WHO. According to the study, 4.1 million children could be saved thanks to several measures: increase
immunization around the globe, provide access to antibiotics and improve nutrition.

"It is unthinkable that nearly a million children per year are dying of the disease that we have the ability to win," said Kevin Watkins, head of Save the Children. "There is no world summit or March of pneumonia. However, anyone who cares about the health of children should consider this neglected assassin as a priority."


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