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Pneumonia can kill 11 million children in the world by 2030 – Internationally


Pneumonia will kill almost 11 million children under the age of five through 2030 if current trends are maintained, experts warned on the occasion of the World Day dedicated to this lung infection.

Out of a total of 10.8 million expected deaths, 1.7 million could be registered in only two countries, in Nigeria and India, according to projections from Johns Hopkins University and NGO Save the Children.

A total of 700,000 children can die from this illness in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pneumonia is an acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs. According to the World Health Organization, this is the first addictive cause of child mortality and represents 15% of deaths among children under five years of age.

The WHO estimates that 922,000 children under the age of five died of lungs in 2015 around the world.

This disease can be caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi.

"Prevention is possible thanks to vaccination, satisfactory nutritional status and environmental factors improvement," says VHO.

According to the study, 4.1 million children can be saved by implementing these measures: increasing global coverage by vaccination, securing access to antibiotics and improving the feeding of children at the highest risk.

"It's amazing that almost a million children die every year because of a disease in which we can escape," said Kevin Watkins, senior manager of Save the Children, calling for a drastic reduction in vaccine prices.

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