Warning in the World Infection Control Study
Paris (AFP) – By the end of the next decade, nearly eleven million young children worldwide are at risk of pneumonia, according to a study. According to current trends, it is expected that more than 10.8 million children under the age of five will die of actually infected contagious diseases by 2030, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Save the Children, the World Association for the Fight against Pneumonia was published in Monday.
While in developed countries mostly older people have developed lung inflammation, developing countries are mostly children. Only in 2016, according to the study, more than 880,000 children, most under the age of two, died of illness.
Based on the above data, some countries in Africa and South Asia will most likely be among the worst hit countries. For example, Nigeria and India number 1.7 million deaths from pneumonia in small children, 700,000 in Pakistan, and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At the same time, the authors of the research have pointed out that many deaths can be prevented by relatively simple measures. For example, better vaccination coverage, cheap antibiotics and good nutrition for children could save 4.1 million lives.
Saving a baby's head, Kevin Watkins, said it was unbelievable that "every year nearly a million children die of illness to have the knowledge and resources to win." Unlike other dangerous diseases, there are "no pink loops, global peaks or marches" for lung inflammation.
"But for anyone who cares about justice for children and their access to basic health care, that forgotten killer should be the main concern of our age," Watkins said. For this, among other things, the cost of existing anti-lung vaccines would have to be "dramatically reduced".
Pneumonia can be triggered by viruses or bacteria. If you are being treated early and the immune system affected is not too weak, it can be cured. In many cases, however, children are contractually ill, which is already weakened by malnutrition.
Every year more children in the world die from pneumonia than from malaria, diarrhea, and measles together. The UN's sustainable development goals by 2030 also include "the end of preventive death among children".
Article from 12.11.2018