Pneumonia in 2030 may have cost the lives of 11 million children


The pneumonia will kill nearly 11 million children under 5 years by 2030 if current trends continue, experts warn on the occasion of World Day aimed at this lung infection.

Of total 10.8 million deaths are estimated1.7 million can register only in two countries, Nigeria and India, according to projections from the US Johns Hopkins University and Save the Children NGO.

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700,000 children can die of this disease in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pneumonia is a acute respiratory infections which affects the lungs. According to World Health Organization, is first cause of death in children and causes 15% of deaths among children under the age of 5 years.

WHO estimates that 922,000 children under the age of 5 died of pneumonia in 2015 in the world this disease can be caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi.

"Prevention is possible thanks to vaccination, satisfactory nutritional status and improvements in environmental factors," said the WHO.

According to the study, 4.1 million children could be saved by implementing these steps: increasing global vaccination coverage, ensuring access to antibiotics and increasing feed children more open to that risk.

"It is remarkable that nearly one million children die every year because of diseases that we still have the ability to overcome," said Kevin Watkins, head of Save the Children, calling for drastic cuts vaccine prices.


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