Every minute, two children die of pneumonia somewhere in the world. The disease is therefore the deadliest condition for children under five years and requires more children's lives than malaria, diarrhea and measles. If pneumonia is not better controlled, it can save up to 11 million children by 2030.
This is evident from a new study by Safe the Children and the American John Hopkins University that will be presented on Monday at World Pneumonics Day. Pneumonia is easy to prevent and treat. According to the study, most children die due to lack of vaccination, due to incorrect diagnoses, the shortage of antibiotics and poor consultation. Most victims fall into South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Pim Kraan, director of Save the Children Netherlands, calls the disease as a "forgotten killer." By increasing the vaccination rate of children up to 90 percent, the provision of cheap antibiotics and good nutrition can, according to him, be sure to save 4 million children by 2030.