Every minute, two children die from pneumonia somewhere in the world. Disease is therefore the deadliest situation for children younger than five years and requires more children's lives than malaria, diarrhea, and measles together. If pneumonia is no better control, it can save 11 million children by 2030.
This is apparent from a new study, Safe the Children and John Hopkins University, which will be presented on Monday, on the World Day of Pneumonia. Pneumonia is easy to prevent and treat. According to the study, most children die due to lack of vaccination due to misdiagnosis, lack of antibiotics and poor referral. Most victims fall in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Pim Kraan, the director of Save the Children Netherlands, is called a "forgotten killer" disease. By raising the baby's vaccine rate to 90 percent, providing cheap antibiotics and good nutrition can, according to him, be sure to save up to 4 million children by 2030.