Focusing on Integrated Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea can Save…

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By Ando Tiana Raobelison, Community Case Management Technical Advisor, PSI/Kenya The global health community and the world breathed a sigh of relief when the latest data on progress toward the Millennium Development Goals indicated that fewer children are dying globally. The mortality rate fell from a considerable 12 million annual global deaths of children under five years of age in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010. The decline was unexpected though welcome, but more can be done. We still can save an additional 2 million children’s lives by 2015 by focusing on integrated control of pneumonia and diarrhea, the two biggest killers of children under five, and by targeting the poorest and those in rural areas in developing countries. UNICEF issued early in June “Pneumonia and diarrhea: Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world’s poorest children”which reports that while we all know the proper interventions to save children’s lives, those interventions are unevenly and inequitably delivered to the highest risk populations.

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Focusing on Integrated Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea can Save…