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The number one killer of children under five often times flies under the radar. “Pneumonia can be prevented and cured. Yet, for too long it has been the leading cause of global deaths among children. We know what to do, and we have made great progress – but we must do more. We must scale-up proven solutions and ensure they reach every child in need,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marking today’s World Pneumonia Day. An estimated 1.2 million children under the age of five die from pneumonia each year, estimates the WHO. Children can be treated with antibiotics, but as many as 30% of children with pneumonia are unable to access the antibiotics that can save their lives. Prevention of pneumonia starts at birth and includes ensuring that children are not malnourished and are immunized against pneumonia and other diseases that put them at risk.
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World Pneumonia Day: How to Prevent 1.2 Million Child Deaths Every Year